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Board Meeting Recognitions

PHM Supt. Dr. Thacker, Retired DVT & Planetarium Director Art Klinger, PHM School Board Pres. Chris Riley

A regular meeting of the Penn-Harris-Madison Board of School Trustees was held Monday, January 8, 2024.


This being the first meeting of the new year, all returning Board Members were re-administered their oath of office.



Chris Riley was re-elected as President (5-2 vote); Ryan McCullough was re-elected as Vice President (5-2 vote); and Clare Roach was re-elected as Secretary (6-1 vote).


Vice President Ryan McCullough presented President Riley with a plaque of recognition for his service the past year serving as President.

McCullough & Riley


The Board also approved a Naming Rights $10,000 donation from Dr. and Mrs. Thacker to the Penn-Harris-Madison Education Foundation to name the P-H-M DVT & Planetarium at Bittersweet Elementary after retired longtime director Art Klinger. The new name will be Arthur M. Klinger Planetarium.


Thacker, Klinger, Riley


Per PHMEF’s Naming Rights fundraising initiative, 80 percent of the donation will go into the Foundation’s endowment, which will in turn provide alternative and additional funding for various co-curricular and extracurricular programs. The remaining 20 percent directly funds professional development initiatives for P-H-M teachers. Continuing the education and training of teachers is a major priority for P-H-M School District.


The mission of the Education Foundation is to develop alternative sources of income to support education initiatives in the School Corporation by strengthening partnerships between the community and the District. PHMEF supports education through awarding innovative teaching grants, scholarships to students, staff development and other corporation-wide initiatives.