Board of School Directors
Our school board is a locally-elected government body that serves as the agent of the state legislature and the representatives of the community in providing a high-quality public education for the students of the school district.School Board members perform three fundamental functions:
Additional responsibilities of the School Board include: establishing, equipping, and maintaining school buildings, adopting textbooks, approving the annual school calendar, appointing teachers and administrators and determining salaries, and entering into contracts.Our school board consists of nine, unpaid members who serve a four-year term. School board elections are held every two years, and the number of seats up for election is staggered, with five seats elected one term, then four seats elected the alternate term.
- Hiring and evaluating the Superintendent
- Setting board policy
- Enacting the district's annual budget
- Grant Keener, Board President
- Pat Wagner, Vice President
- Dylan Bard
- Mike Donato
- Richard Garber
- Linda Johnston
- Jim Maurer
- Charles Merris
- Justin Wolgemuth
School Board Committee StructureThe Hempfield Board of School Directors utilizes a committee structure to efficiently accomplish their work. The standing committees, including Buildings & Grounds, Education & Programs, Finance, and Policy & Legal meet on a regular schedule to complete due diligence. These meetings are all open to the public. The committees then report information and recommendations to the full board.
The School Board meets as a whole, on the second Tuesday of each month, with the exception of December, when the meeting is held on the first Tuesday according to School Code. This meeting is called the Regular Meeting and is for the Board to take action on agenda items following review and discussion based on committee reports and recommendations. The School Board may take official action on any matter at any meeting.
School Board & Committee Meetings Resident Request to Comment
If a Hempfield resident is requesting to address the board during the public comment portion of the meeting, please complete this form linked here. There is a 3:00 p.m. deadline the day of the meeting for you to register to speak. If you would like to schedule to speak at more than one School Board meeting (Regular or one of the Standing Committee Meetings), you must complete one form per each date available. If you are unable to complete this form and need assistance please contact the Communications Department at 717-898-5539 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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