School Board

Contact Information  Donna Humes, Administrative Assistant to the School Board dkhumes@phm.k12.in.us

The Penn-Harris-Madison Board of School Trustees is composed of seven members who serve four-year, staggered terms. Larry Beehler, K. Jaye Galloway, Gary Fox, Randy Leliaert, Chris Riley, Larry Romero, and Jamie Woods make up the Penn-Harris-Madison Board of School Trustees.

Front row (left to right): Jaye Galloway, Dr. Jerry Thacker, Larry Beehler. Back row (left to right): Larry Romero, Gary Fox, Randy Leliaert, Jamie Woods, and Chris Riley

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 April, June, July, September, and December (use the box on the right - School Board Information - Meeting Dates - to navigate to our Meeting Dates for the 2013-2014 school year).

Regular meetings are held at the administrative offices public meeting room at the Educational Services Center, 55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka. 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.

Governance Model

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.

 

2013 Budget Work Session for Budget Year 2014

Members of the Business Services Department, including Dr. Denise Seger, associate superintendent, Mr. Alex Newman, business manager, Mrs. Dawn Bachtel, accounting coordinator, and Mrs. Lisa Zachary, administrative assistant, presented Penn-Harris-Madison's budget to the school board for the year beginning January 1, 2014 and ending December 31, 2014 during their annual Budget Work Session held on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the boardroom at the Educational Services Center.

Here is a copy of the PowerPoint presentation Dr. Seger and her staff presented at the Budget Work Session - 2014 Budget Work Session.

Instructional Work Session - Review of Student Achievement Report for 2012-2013

P-H-M's annual Instructional Work Session was held on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the boardroom at the Educational Services Center. During the Instructional Work Session, members of Penn-Harris-Madison's Learning Division comprised of Dr. Kay Antonelli, assistant superintendent, Mrs. Heather Short, director of professional development and student learning, Mrs. Janet Scott, director of grants and special projects, and Mrs. Carolyn Palonis, administrative assistant, presented a detailed review of student achievement data for the 2012-2013 school year. The presentation included a review of primary assessments such as DIBELS [Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills], IREAD-3 [Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination], ISTEP+ [Indiana Statewide Testing of Educational Progress Plus] results, high school assessments such as ACT [American College Testing], SAT [Scholastic Aptitude Test], ECA [End of Course Assessment], federal and state measures, and other assessments used throughout the P-H-M district.

Here is a copy of the Annual Student Achievement Report for 2012-2013.