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Board of Education

The Hermiston Board of Education is comprised of seven elected members serving four year terms. Annually, the board elects a chairman and vice-chairman. The current chair is Josh Goller, and the current vice-chair is Karen Sherman. Board members are community volunteers and are not compensated for their work. The Board of Education acts as the policy-making body for the Hermiston School District.

Board Goals

  1. Academic Achievement. Schools will demonstrate continuous improvement in all measured areas for each student.
  2. Stewardship. Maintain sound fiscal stewardship of community resources consistent with board policy.
  3. Community. Schools will provide specific community outreach, at least twice annually, in culturally relevant ways to encourage parent/guardian partnerships in advancing student achievement.

Board-Community Operating Agreement

The Board believes that the best interests of the district are served when district Stakeholders (all residents within the district, including students, parents, staff, and community members) and board members work together toward school improvement. The Board recognizes the importance of being responsive to Stakeholders. As publicly elected officials, the Board serves the community. The Board must therefore work with Stakeholders while we establish the mission and direction of the district.

The Board welcomes input from and collaboration with Stakeholders, whose interests and concerns contribute to the district’s health and stability.

For the purpose of encouraging and enhancing communication, accountability, and public trust between members of the Board and the district Stakeholders, we, the members of the Board of Education do hereby publicly commit ourselves collectively and individually to the following:

District Goal

The district shall maintain a coordinated K-12 program that supports the physical and cognitive growth and development of students, is designed to improve student achievement, supports students becoming proficient in the knowledge and skills of the student’s current grade level and encourages the attainment of individual goals.

The following practices contribute to achieving this goal.

The district will develop a partnership with staff, parents and community members to identify and revise goals consistent with the goals adopted by the State Board of Education. To successfully prepare students to function effectively in a rapidly changing world and for the futures they choose to pursue, goals adopted by the district will:

  1. Ensure that all students, regardless of linguistic background, culture, race, sex, capability, or geographic location, have access to a quality education in a safe, motivating environment;
  2. Hold all students to rigorous academic standards and expect them to succeed;
  3. Provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their achievement in knowledge and skills;
  4. Encourage parental and community involvement in their student’s education;
  5. Develop in students lifelong academic skills to prepare them for an ever-changing world;
  6. Develop in students the core ethical values that our diverse society shares and holds important, including but not limited to: respect, responsibility, caring, trustworthiness, justice, fairness, civic virtue, and citizenship;
  7. Equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue the future of their choice and to prepare students to function effectively in various life roles; and
  8. Utilizes valid and reliable data for evaluating the success of curriculum, instruction, resource allocation, and school improvement.