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P-H-M Board of School Trustees


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 GallowayClick 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 April, June, July, September and December. Click here for Meeting Dates for the 2016-2017 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 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 April, June, July, September, 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.


Click here for the complete list of 2016-2017 Board Meeting dates.


Budget Work Session for 2017


Dr. Denise Seger, Associate Superintendent, and Mr. Alex Newman, Business Manager, presented Penn-Harris-Madison's 2017 Budget to the Board of School Trustees for the year beginning January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2017 during their annual Budget Work Session held on Monday, August 22, 2016.

Click here to see the details on the 2016 Budget Work Session for Budget Year 2017.


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. 

Plan of Reorganization (1998)


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).

Click here for access to Board Policies.


Superintendent, Administrator & Teacher Contracts


The P-H-M Board of School Trustees approves the contracts for teachers, administrators and the Superintendent. Click here to see those contract agreements.