School Board

Contact Information  Donna Humes, Administrative Assistant to the School Board

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 2014-2015 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.

2014 Budget Work Session for Budget Year 2015

Members of the Business Services Department, including Dr. Denise Seger, associate superintendent, Mr. Alex Newman, business manager, and Mrs. Lisa Zachary, administrative assistant, will present Penn-Harris-Madison's 2015 Budget to the school board for the year beginning January 1, 2015 and ending December 31, 2015 during their annual Budget Work Session scheduled for Monday, August 25, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the boardroom at the Educational Services Center. All members of the public are invited to attend.

Here is a copy of the PowerPoint presentation Dr. Seger and her staff  presented at the 2014 Budget Work Session for Budget Year 2015.

Instructional Work Session - Review of Student Achievement Report for 2013-2014

P-H-M's annual Instructional Work Session will be held on Monday, September 22, 2014 immediately following the regular meeting at approximately 6:45 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, and Mrs. Carolyn Palonis, administrative assistant, will present a detailed review of student achievement data for the 2013-2014 school year. The presentation will include 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. All members of the public are invited to attend.

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