Board of Education

Hermiston Board of Education
Back row (left to right): Josh Goller, Dave Smith, Jason Middleton, Don Rankin
Front row (left to right): Ginny Holthus, Bonnie Luisi, Karen Sherman

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 Karen Sherman, and the current vice-chair is Ginny Holthus. 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.

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; and
  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.

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.