Board of School Trustees
President – Carol Bowden
Vice President – Vicki Harden
Secretary – Marlene Barnett
Member – Stephanie Kritzer
Member – Steve Miller Jr.
School Board Meeting Procedures
The agenda contains a list of all the subjects to be discussed by the board. Each subject will be brought before the board in the order printed in the agenda unless the agenda is amended by board action. The board will vote on most items but some may be for information or discussion only.
Note: Any instructions from the Board President regarding public comment at this meeting.
The board president conducts each meeting of the board.
The president may place time limitations on speakers, limit the number of speakers, or take other actions to assure that the meeting is conducted in a fair and efficient manner.
The board president may provide a variety of instructions regarding the conduct of the meeting and everyone is expected to abide by those requests. Specific directions on how to be involved in board meetings are included in this brochure.
Please . . .
Don’t stray from the agenda item being considered.
The board cannot act on topics that are not on the agenda. Comments that stray from the agenda item under discussion may be interrupted by the board president.
Do not comment on the performance of individual staff members.
You are speaking at a public meeting and your comments may appear in the newspapers and other news media. Be aware that school employees are private citizens with the same legal protections everyone has against defamatory comments. If you have a complaint regarding the practices of any staff member, those comments should be directed to the staff member involved and his or her immediate supervisor.
Avoid presenting questions to other members of the public.
Individuals presenting their views to the board should not be subject to ridicule or interrogation by other members of their community. Direct your comments to the board and encourage them to follow-up on the issues you present.
Board Meeting Protocol . . .
To be added to the agenda:
Regular agenda items are to be submitted in writing to the superintendent by 3:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding a regular meeting. (Board Policy 2-9)
To participate when you have not requested to be on the agenda:
In some board meetings the agenda will state that comments or questions are solicited from the public. In all other meetings the audience is attending a “meeting held in public” but not a “town meeting”. That means you are not allowed to be involved in the meeting unless requested to do so by the board president.
It has been the recent practice of this board to allow for comments from the audience at selected times. The board agenda item “recognition of visitors” is one of those times. If you have not been able to get on the agenda you may request to be recognized at that time by filling out the proper form and handing it to one of the board members or superintendents prior to the start of the meeting. It is also possible to be recognized from the floor by courteously raising your hand and waiting to be recognized by the board president.
We apologize if, due to time constraints and orderly conduct of the meeting, we cannot provide time at this meeting for you. Feel free to request agenda time in the future or provide comments in writing to any board member or member of the school staff via mail, email, or telephone.
A board member may take one or all of the following actions:
- informally discuss the issue with the superintendent or other administrators to consider whether policies or rules should be changed
- request that the board review the specific policies that relate to the situation
- propose new policies for the board’s consideration
Reports to the Community
Brown County Schools provides the highest quality educational experiences where all students are safe, valued, inspired, civically engaged, and globally connected.
World Class Opportunities.
Small School Relationships.
Excellence – Brown County Schools commits to the highest standard of excellence for all.
Integrity – Brown County Schools stands on the ideals of honesty and ethics and pledges to advance the development and engagement of citizens within society.
Respect – Brown County Schools maintains the highest regard for the rights, abilities, and achievements of all members of the school community.
Inspired – Brown County Schools provides opportunities to support school community members to do, think, or feel something extraordinary within their educational experiences.
Engaged – Brown County Schools offers a variety of opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom, that advance personal, academic, and extra-curricular development.
Thinking and Problem Solving – Brown County Schools develops sophisticated critical thinking and problem-solving skills allowing all members to participate in our global society.
From the Superintendent
We hope that your visit will provide you with any information about our School District that you may be seeking. I can assure you that we are committed to our Vision of providing our students with preparation to achieve success through quality instruction.
In recent years we have been recognized with a National Blue Ribbon Award at Sprunica Elementary School and with Indiana Four Star School Status at both Sprunica and Helmsburg Elementary Schools. Brown County High School is a Silver Award Rated School as the 39th ranked High School in Indiana by U.S. News and World Report. The “We the People” Team as Brown County Junior High School is the five time defending State Championship Team in the study and interpretation of the US Constitution. They are the National Runner-up Team in 2015 after being the National Champions in 2013 and 2014.
Our students are winning many individual awards in Indiana Science Fairs, National History Day competition, and other academic competitions including Spell Bowl and Math Bowl.
Brown County Schools offers our students a small school atmosphere. We have the very latest in technology opportunities for our students. We accept students who live in Brown County as well as students who reside outside the District. We are dedicated to providing your children with a quality education in a nurturing environment.
We invite you to personally experience our unique culture with a visit to any of our schools at any time. Please contact me or any of our school Principals to ask questions or set up a school visit. I look forward to hearing from you.
Dr. Laura Hammack
Superintendent, Brown County Schools
Board of School Trustees
Steve Miller, Jr.
I grew up in Brown County playing basketball and baseball against the Columbus schools. Not liking them very much either, but as it turned out married Denise Hall in 1992 who was a Columbus North Bulldog and we graduated high school the same year in 1986. We have two daughters we are very proud of in Paige and Sydney. Both girls like to fish and hunt with me, which has kept us close even as they get older. We attend the Parkview Nazarene Church where I have taught Senior High Sunday School class for about 15 years and I enjoy helping in the kitchen every Wednesday night with Mark and Chisato Daugherty preparing a home cooked meals for the youth group and leaders.
I have been blessed to live my whole life in Brown County and be a part of the huge Miller family with 35 first cousins! My dad served 16 years as an elected member of the school board in the 80’s and 90’s. We both share the same concerns for the kids of Brown County in trying to give them the best in educational opportunities.
• 1992 – Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN – B.S.
degree, School of Technology
• 1988 – Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN – Cum Laude
graduate, A.S. degree, Aviation Maintenance Technology
• 1988 – Federal Aviation Administration: F.A.A. Certified
Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic
• 1986 – Brown County High School
I have worked for Toyota Material Handling, USA in Columbus for 22 years. I work in the Warranty Department and alongside our IT group to test and resolve any issues pertaining to our website, which dealers order new forklifts, parts and submit Warranty claims. I also train our dealers in how to use the website for all Warranty concerns.
I was born in Philadelphia and spent my childhood growing up in southern New Jersey. I was born with moderate hearing loss requiring the use of hearing aids and attended public schools before the advent of the Federal Disabilities Act of 1975. I graduated in the top 5% of my high school class and went on to earn a Bachelor Degree in Science with a Physical Therapy Certificate from Sargents College of Allied Health Professions at Boston University.
I have been practicing as a Physical Therapist since graduation. I am the widow of Richard A. Bowden, a 1967 graduate of Brown County High School and mother of Jessica, who is a 2009 graduate.
I have a passion for education from my parents who both felt that education was necessary for success in life, wherever it may take you. I also have the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to get the lifelong skills for educating oneself so that they may be able to reach for their dreams and more.
My name is Stephanie Porter Kritzer. I am a 1974 graduate of Brown County High School. After college my husband and I returned to start our family where we were raised. As my children were growing up, I spent time on the 4-H Fair Board and 4-H Council as well as helping with their 4-H Club. I enjoyed 17 years as a paraprofessional in Brown County Schools before being elected to the School Board in 2012. I am always eager to hear the concerns and suggestions of students, parents, and staff.
I am a 1973 graduate of Greenwood High School. I am married to Dan Harden. We have 4 children and 12 grandchildren. When our children were growing up, we were involved in 4-H and coaching baseball and softball. I was employed at the Abe Martin Lodge as the Human Resource/Accounting Manager.
I retired in September of 2018. We belong to Fruitdale Fire Department in which I am treasurer. I have 10 of my 12 grandchildren going through the Brown County School system. I am willing to hear concerns and suggestions from parents, staff, and students.