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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 regular board meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. There is a second regular meeting scheduled for the fourth Monday during the months of January, February, August, and November.  Click here for Meeting Dates for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Regular meetings are held 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 for Rachelle Bradbury, Administrative Assistant to the School Board: rbradbury@phm.k12.in.us or (574) 258-9570
 


 

Board Meeting Dates and Types of Meetings
 

Unless otherwise scheduled by the P-H-M Board of School Trustees, regular board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month. There is a second regular meeting scheduled for the fourth Monday during the months of January, February, August, and November. 

 

All regular board meetings are held at the Educational Services Center, 55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, unless otherwise noted.

 

Regular Board Meetings – these are regularly scheduled meetings that are open to the public and the media, and held at the Educational Services Center (four meetings each year are held at various school building locations – these meeting locations are noted on the Board Meeting schedule) Members of the public requesting to speak during a regular meeting may do so during the Hearing of Visitors - no sign-up is required, unless there is a request to speak on a specific agenda item, which will require the completion of the request of visitors form to be submitted to the recording secretary prior to the start of the meeting.

 

Special Meetings – these are meetings that are called to address a single item that requires action by the School Board.  Special Meetings are open to the public and the media, and are held at the Education Services Center. Members of the public requesting to speak during a special meeting, may do so on the scheduled agenda item only, and must fill out the request of visitors form to be submitted to the recording secretary prior to the start of the meeting.

 

Executive Sessions – these meetings are closed to the public and the media, and used for discussion of specific items.  No actions are taken by the members of the School Board during an Executive Session.

 

Want to know the next Board meeting date? Click here to see the next upcoming Board meeting.

 

Want to see the full list of Board meetings for this school year? Click here for the complete list of 2020-2021 Board Meeting dates.

 

Want to see Financial Information for the School District? Click here for the School District Capital Improvement Plans and Financial Data Information.

 


 

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.

 

The P-H-M Board of School Trustees conducted a Special School Board Meeting on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 8:30 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, 2020 to June 30, 2021 before the agreement was approved by the Board. The 2020-2021 agreement was presented to the Board for approval at their November 9, 2020 Regular Meeting.

 

In order to comply with 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:

 

Special Board Meeting Notice

2020-2021 P-H-M Teacher Agreement


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You may also call the P-H-M Administrative Offices, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at (574) 259-7941.

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