The Hamilton Southeastern School Board met on Oct. 26 for their final meeting of the month.
The Hamilton Southeastern Future Famers American Skill-a-Thon Team won the 4-H State Skill-a-Thon Championship. The skill-at-hon contest that takes a large range and deep look at the livestock industry in several areas and compete in team and individual competitions. At the meeting to present their award were students Laura Allaben, Kassidy Fletcher, Sarah Burk and Brant Boram. They were led by their sponsor Thomas Younts.
Why it matters: This is the first time that the HSE team has won first place in the state competition. The team will go on to the National Skill-a-Thon contest in Louisville on Nov. 16.
An update was presented before board members regarding on the success of the newly implemented College Career Academies at both of HSE high schools. A short video created by students and staff was displayed to board members depicting the satisfaction students and teachers have seen with the new CCA facilities.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Janice Combs also updated the board on the ongoing efforts to continue to improve the career aspect of CCA as HSE works with J. Everett Light Career Center and Ivy Tech Community College to bring their programs in closer proximity to the district.
Why it matters: Beginning next year J. Everett Health Sciences courses will be coming to both high school campuses. Ivy Tech will possibly offer Information Technology Certification opportunities for students, as well. Currently the locations of Ivy Tech and J. Everett Light are seeing a lack of enrollment from HSE students due to the distance of their facilities. Bringing some of their programs to HSE schools would encourage greater enrollment from students.
The finalized 2016 HSE School Budget was presented before board members for approval.
Why it matters: The 2016 budget was approved by board members and totaled in at approximately $210 million. Board members also approved several resolutions including the 2016 through 2027 bus replacement plan.
Jeff Harrison and Tom Kouns gave an update on their HSE School Technology Listening Tour. The tour lasted seven days and took place at various schools where teachers and staff were in attendance.
Why it matters: The goal of the tour was to generate feedback from teachers and staff at HSE schools while HSE upgrades devices such as computers and staff machines. Teachers and staff gave feedback relating to the flexibility of devices, what operating systems were available, what technologies would benefit certain departments and teachers expectancy to utilize newer technologies in their curriculum.