A female student in nursing scrubs taking a boy's blood pressure

On Tuesday, December 5, 2023, the South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees convened at the SHCSC Administration building for its monthly meeting to discuss educational issues and act on items requiring Board approval. Below are the highlights of the meeting. 

Special Presentations

  • Science of Reading Grant Award - Director of Elementary Curriculum Diane Owen shared an exciting update on the progress of the Corporation’s adoption of the Science of Reading approach to reading comprehension and literacy the State of Indiana now supports. She shared that South Harrison is the recipient of a $299,844 grant awarded by the Indiana Department of Education’s Literacy Center for teachers, instructional coaches and administrators to participate in 40 hours of professional development that starts with a two-day literacy audit by leading Science of Reading expert Dr. Jan Burkins. Following Dr. Burkins’ visit, goals are set for each SHCSC elementary building and staff will participate in two book studies, complete online course modules and upload classroom instruction videos to receive feedback. So far there have been 80 SHCSC staff signed up to participate in the program, each receiving a $2,000 stipend.
  • Corydon Central High School Student Council - There were several events CCHS students participated in during November as well as upcoming events they are looking forward to including
    • Debuting two theater performances by CCHS students who wrote and directed the plays themselves;
    • Walking in the Light Up Corydon parade and manning a booth during the festival;
    • Connecting with employers from the Harrison County Job Fair;
    • Attending an entrepreneurship event with the College & Career Readiness Center; and
    • Preparing for the upcoming band concert that is now at 7 PM on December 18. 

  • South Central Jr.-Sr. High School Student Council - The council updated the Board on their recent sock drive they organized to support a local nursing home in need of donations, Mr. Ledford’s third-year construction class’s trip to the 502 Union in Louisville and celebrated the success of November’s Senior Carnival where the Class of 2024 raised $25,000 toward their senior prom and class trip.

  • College & Career Readiness Center - Jennie Capelle and Manda Graf shared with the Board how SHCSC is ensuring students are “future-ready” through pathway success, work-based learning opportunities and more. In their presentation they shared the number of students enrolled in each pathway and how each respective pathway has grown since the program’s inception in 2017, work-based learning partnerships with local businesses so students can start learning “soft skills” employers are looking for, new course and pathway offerings for the 2024-2025 school year and upcoming pathway open house nights.   

Agenda Highlights 

Several new hires were approved by the Board as well and several resignations were accepted. To view newly open positions at South Harrison, check out our career dashboard.

Upcoming Events

  • Corydon Intermediate School - Choir Concert at 7 PM on December 14.
  • Heth-Washington Elementary School - Christmas Program at 6 PM on December 12.
  • New Middletown Elementary School - Christmas Program at 6 PM on December 14.
  • South Central Jr.-Sr. High School - K-12 Fine Arts Christmas Showcase on December 10 featuring artwork displayed in the lobby by students for attendees to view during intermission between the K-3rd grade concert, 4-6th grade band and choir and junior and senior high band. The first show begins at 1:30 PM and the final performance is at 3 PM. 
  • Corydon Central High School - Winter Band Concert featuring students in grades 6-12 at 7 PM on December 18.

The Board works as a team to build community support for our schools and educational programs. South Harrison welcomes parents and community members to take part in various committees, task forces, focus groups, and volunteer activities that strengthen school, home and community partnerships. Click here to review upcoming board meeting agendas and minutes, policies, calendar and members.