The Penn-Harris-Madison Board of School Trustees is composed of seven members who serve four-year, staggered terms. Pictured above the Board Members left to right are: Larry Beehler, Jim Garrett, Superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker, Chris Riley; (second row) Angie Gates, Gary Fox, Jamie Woods and K. Jaye Galloway. Click here for more information on the members’ positions and terms.
The Penn-Harris-Madison Board of School Trustees meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, with the exception of the months of March, April, May, June, July, September, October, and December. Click here for Meeting Dates for the 2019-2020 school year.
Regular meetings are held at the administrative offices public meeting room at the Educational Services Center, 55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN, 46545. Members of the P-H-M community are always welcome to attend public meetings of the P-H-M Board. Special Meetings and Executive Sessions are held on an as-needed basis.
Contact Information Donna Humes, Administrative Assistant to the School Board firstname.lastname@example.org or (574) 258-9570.
Board Meeting Dates
Unless otherwise scheduled by the P-H-M Board of School Trustees, regular board meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month with the exception of the months of March, April, May, June, July, September, October, and December. In instances when the second or fourth Monday of the month falls on a legal holiday or there is a schedule conflict with the school year calendar (i.e., school recess day), the regular meeting of the Board will be held the next business day on Tuesday.
All regular board meetings are held at the Educational Services Center, 55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, unless otherwise noted.
Want to know when the next Board meeting is? Click here to see the next upcoming Board meeting.
Budget Work Session for 2020
Mr. Jerry Hawkins, Executive Director of Business Services, presented Penn-Harris-Madison's 2020 Budget to the Board of School Trustees for the year beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2020 during their annual Budget Work Session held on Monday, August 12, 2019.
District Financial Data
Per Indiana Code #5-14-3.9, school corporations must provide a link to their financial data (taxes budget, employment and indebtedness) through Indiana’s Gateway website.
IC 5-14:3.9.:.5(b) states the following:
A political subdivision shall prominently display on the main Intemet web
page of the political subdivision's Internet web site the link provided by the
department to the Indiana transparency Internet web site established under IC 5~14-3.7.
Gateway collects and provides access to information about how taxes and other public dollars are budgeted and spent by Indiana's local units of government.
The goal of the governance model is to focus the entire school district - from school board members to administrators, teachers, parents, students and support staff - on the mission of improving student learning. By adopting a Board Governance Compact that clearly supports learning and demands accountability, the board is able to stay the course and set an example that is communicated throughout the district and results in record gains in student achievement. The Governance Compact demonstrates that a climate of accountability starts at the top. The Governance Compact was adopted in June 2000.
P-H-M Board of School Trustees Governance Compact Goals
The goals of the P-H-M Board of School Trustees are as follows:
Goal 1 - Learning being the priority of our schools, Penn-Harris-Madison is accountable for the continuous progress of all students as they work to attain the knowledge and skills as outlined in the P-H-M Student Profile of a Graduate.
Measurements: Level Testing, ISTEP+, nationally normed tests, CRT data, Writing Assessments and Portfolios, SAT/ACT scores, AP/honors participation, graduation rates, discipline referrals, participation rates in post high school education, satisfaction ratings on student surveys, and vocational success after high school or college.
Goal 2 - Resources for learning in the form of programs, personnel, time, materials, equipment, facilities, and training will be assigned on the basis of fulfilling the learning mission of continuous progress for each and every student. This goal will be executed within funding limits.
Measurements: To have a balanced budget as determined by the Board of School Trustees per available revenues and expenditures, state allowed fund transfers, and board approved spend-down of available cash reserves. Referendums as needed to determine community's limit on funding and five-year financial forecast updated annually.
Goal 3 - Foster customer service and positive public relations.
Measurements: To create an inviting climate in our schools, personalize school experiences for our students, and market a positive image of the school corporation.
In August of 1997, a committee was formed to investigate the possible restructuring of the P-H-M Board of School Trustees, which would allow for a more equitable structure of representation. Click here to view Plan of Reorganization for the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation approved by the State of Indiana on December 23, 1963.
Board Agendas & Policies
The public and members of the media can access meeting agendas, supporting documents and Board policies.
Click here for access to BoardDocs (meeting agendas & supporting documents).
The P-H-M Board of School Trustees approves the contracts for teachers, administrators and the Superintendent.
The P-H-M Board of School Trustees will conduct a Special School Board Meeting on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. at the Educational Services Center, 55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, Indiana to allow for public comment on the newly ratified Penn-Harris-Madison Teacher Agreement for the time period July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 before the agreement is approved by the Board. The 2019-2020 agreement will be presented to the Board for approval at their November 11, 2019 Regular Meeting.
In order to comply with new State requirements, the district must post the new Teacher Agreement on its webpage and send a notice of the required public meeting to be hosted by the Board. Below is the Notice of Special Board Meeting and the 2019-2020 P-H-M Teacher Agreement:
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You may also call P-H-M Administrative Offices, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at (574) 259-7941.
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