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Current Members of the Pike County Board of Education

Mr. Ron Sharp, Secretary, District 1, Term Expires 2018

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Mr. David  Waltz, President, District 2, Term Expires 2018

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Mr. Chris McKinney, District 3, Term Expires 2020

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Mr. Chris Satterfield, Vice President, District 4, Term Expires 2020

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Mr. Steve Potter, District 5, Term Expires 2020

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School Board Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Central Office. Meeting dates are subject to change.  You can contact Central Office if you have any questions about our monthly meetings.


The Pike County School Board consists of five members elected on a nonpartisan basis.  There are five residence or school board member districts.  One, each, of the five members shall reside in and be elected from the five school board member districts.  All members are elected to a four-year term.  The elected members take office on July 1st, following their election in the primary.

Each member takes the following oath of office:

"I solemnly swear, or affirm, that I will support the constitution of the United States of America, the constitution for the State of Indiana, and the laws of the United States and the State of Indiana.  I will faithfully execute the duties of my office as a member of this governing body, so help me God"


Statutory Powers of Indiana Public School Boards

School corporations are subdivisions of the state, created by the state legislature to exercise those sovereign powers of the state which pertain to the education of children.  The powers of the school corporation are granted through statutes enacted by the Indiana General Assembly.  Generally speaking, a school board has the following powers:

  • Those granted by the statute.

  • Those necessary for the operation of the schools and not expressly denied or granted to another entity.

Exercise of Discretion

The Indiana General School Powers Act gives many specific powers to school boards.  The Act, for example, grants school boards the power to acquire real estate and to construct, erect, and maintain school buildings, but does not attempt to create specific requirements or codes relating to school building construction or site selection.  In practice, the General Assembly has delegated to the State Department of Education, and to other state agencies, certain regulatory powers in such areas as school building construction, but in the final analysis, local school boards have the authority to exercise judgment or discretion in determining what shall be built and where it shall be located.  This is but one example of a specific power granted to school boards by the state legislature.

In exercising discretionary power, school boards perform a legislative function.  This function cannot be delegated to others.  Administrative functions - those involved in the carrying out of discretionary decisions - may be delegated.  This is the legal background for the concept that the school board is a policymaking body while the function of the superintendent is administrative.  The policymaking body performs legislative or discretionary functions while its executive officer carries out policies through the administrative process.

Duties and Powers

The 1965 Indiana General Assembly passed the General School Powers Act which is, with subsequent amendments, the most complete compilation of the powers and purposes of school corporations.  The act grants the following general powers and purposes:

Each school corporation shall:

  1. Conduct an educational program for all children residing within such corporation in kindergarten and in grades 1 to 12.
  2. Provide each preschool handicapped child with an appropriate education if the General Assembly appropriates state funds to do so.
  3. Conduct a latch-key program in its school buildings for students in kindergarten through sixth grade by operating a program itself or contracting with an outside organization to conduct the program in the corporation's buildings.

Each school corporation may:

  1. Conduct an educational program for adults over the age of fourteen (14) years and not attending a program cited above.
  2. Provide instruction in vocational, industrial, or manual training.
  3. Provide libraries for the schools of such corporation.
  4. Provide public libraries open and free for the use and benefits of the residents and taxpayers of the school corporation where permitted by law.
  5. Provide vacation school and recreational programs.
  6. Conduct other educational or other activities as are permitted or required to be performed by law by any school corporation.
  7. Provide a school-age child care program that operates during periods when school is in session for students who are enrolled in a half-day kindergarten program.

Specific powers conferred by the Indiana General School Powers Act include the following:

  1. In the name of the school corporation, to sue and be sued and to enter into contracts in matters permitted by law.
  2. To take charge of, manage, and conduct the educational affairs of the school corporation and to establish, locate and provide the necessary schools, school libraries, other libraries where permitted by law, other buildings, facilities, property and equipment therefore.
  3. To appropriate from the general fund an amount not to exceed the greater of $3,000 per budget year or one dollar per pupil, not to exceed $12,500 based upon the school corporation's previous year's average daily membership, for the purpose of promoting the best interests of the school corporation by the purchase of meals, decorations, memorabilia or awards, provisions for expenses incurred in interviewing job applicants, and/or developing relations with other governmental units.
  4. To acquire real estate and to construct, erect and maintain school buildings, improve and maintain real estate and facilities.
  5. To acquire property as deemed necessary for school purposes.  Such property can include, but is not limited to, buses, motor vehicles, appliances, books, furniture, and supplies.
  6. To sell or exchange real or personal property.
  7. To lease school property for any purpose which the governing body deems reasonable, or to permit its free use for civic or public purposes.
  8. To employ, contract for and discharge superintendents, teachers, and other licensed and non-licensed school personnel, and fix the compensation and terms of employment of all school employees, in accordance with applicable law.
  9. To authorize and reimburse an employee or a member of the governing body for trips taken in the interest of the school corporation.
  10. To provide transportation for children to and from school.
  11. To provide a school lunch program.
  12. To purchase textbooks and to provide them on a rental basis for students, in accordance with applicable law.
  13. To accept student transfers and to transfer students to other school corporations, in accordance with applicable law.
  14. To levy taxes, make budgets, appropriate and disburse funds and to borrow money.
  15. To purchase liability insurance, or establish a program of self-insurance for liability in accordance with the provisions of applicable law, and to purchase additional insurance or maintain a self-insurance program for school-related purposes.
  16. Apply for and receive money from state and federal government.
  17. To defend any member of the governing body or employee of the school corporation against suit arising out of the performance of duties, provided the board's resolution finds the action was taken in good faith.
  18. To make rules and regulations for the management of the schools.
  19. To ratify all action taken by a member of the governing body or an employee of a school corporation in those cases where such action could have been approved in advance.
  20. To exercise any other power and make any expenditure for the carrying out of the powers granted in the General School Powers Act, which is reasonable from a business or educational standpoint.

The General School Powers Act also permits the following discretionary actions:

  1. Opening bids for the purchase of supplies, materials, or equipment, or for the construction of facilities by a committee to consist of not less than two of its members or not less than two school employees.
  2. To fix the compensation of members of the governing body at a level not to exceed $2,500 per year, and a per diem not to exceed the amount allowed by law.

Other statutes and court decisions have also established board authority and responsibility to exercise such additional powers and duties such as:

  1. Admit pupils without regard to race, color, or creed.
  2. Deduct teacher's retirement from teacher's salaries.
  3. Display the United States flag.
  4. Carry worker's compensation insurance.
  5. Suspend, expel, or exclude students.
  6. Provide for medical inspection of children.
  7. Accept gifts and bequests.
  8. Issue school bonds.

In addition to these specific powers, the Indiana General Assembly in 1989 granted school corporations the authority to exercise any power necessary or desirable in conducting its affairs which is not specifically granted by statute or rule, or expressly denied by the Constitution of the State of Indiana, statute, or rule of the State Board of Education, or granted to another entity.  These are known as home rule powers.