School Board of Directors

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    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:
    • Hiring and evaluating the Superintendent
    • Setting board policy
    • Enacting the district's annual budget
     
    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.

Our School Board Members

  • Mike Donato, Board President

  • Pat Wagner, Vice President

  • Judy Brady, Board Member

  • Megan Eshleman, Board Member

  • Richard Garber, Board Member

  • Linda Johnston, Board Member

  • Grant Keener, Board Member

  • Charles Merris, Board Member

  • Justin Wolgemuth, Board Member

  • School Board Committee Structure

    The 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, Personnel, & 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, except for 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 of agency business advertised as an agenda item on the agenda published at least 24-hours prior to the meeting. Additionally, in accordance with enumerated exceptions permitted by the Sunshine Act, the Board may take official action on other matters of agency business so long as the agenda is amended, and the public is given the opportunity to comment.

    School Board Committee Meetings Resident Request to Comment 

    To register to address the Board during the public comment portion of an upcoming committee meeting of the HSD Board of School Directors, please click here. Registration will be open at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and there is a 3:00 p.m. deadline on the day of the meeting for you to register to speak. Please note that for committee meetings, speakers' topics must be related to an agenda item. All public comments must be made in person.

    If you are unable to complete this form and need assistance, please contact the Communications Department at 717-898-5539 or at communications@hempfieldsd.org

    School Board Regular Meetings Resident Request to Comment 

    Hempfield residents interested in addressing the board during the public comment portion of the Regular School Board Meeting, should complete the form linked here. Registration will be open at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and there is a 3:00 p.m. deadline on the day of the meeting for you to register to speak. All public comments must be made in person.

    If you are unable to complete this form and need assistance, please contact the Communications Department at 717-898-5539 or at communications@hempfieldsd.org.