Board of Education

Hermiston Board of Education
Back row (left to right): Don Rankin, Greg Harris, Dave Smith, Jason Middleton
Front row (left to right): Ginny Holthus, Maria Duron, 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 chairman is Karen Sherman, and the current vice-chairman is Jason Middleton. 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. Annually, all schools will meet “on track” academic growth targets, as measured by the Oregon Department of Education (grades 3-11) and easyCBM assessment system (grades K-2).
  2. Maintain sound fiscal stewardship of community resources consistent with board policies.
  3. Annually increase postsecondary accessions by 3 percent, as measured by the number of students choosing collegiate (two year or four year programs), vocational, apprenticeship or military training immediately following high school.