January is School Board Appreciation Month

The Brookings-Harbor School District joins with 196 school districts throughout Oregon to celebrate January as “School Board Recognition Month" each year.

School board members spend many hours of unpaid time working to provide the best possible education for students. They also serve as the board of directors for one of our community’s largest employers. School board members represent their fellow citizens’ views and priorities in maintaining and running the community’s public schools. They also reinforce the principle of local control over public education, an important aspect of education in Oregon.

This year, in particular, school leaders across Oregon have navigated an unprecedented and challenging situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, holding many meetings and work sessions to address the need for prevention measures, shifts in teaching and learning, school closures, reopenings, and student welfare.

BHSD's Board of Directors is Alan Nidiffer, chairperson; Jay Trost, vice-chairperson; Katherine Johnson, board member; Janell Howard, board member; and Janece Payne, board member.

The BHSD's stated goals include:

Student Success

Student success is the independence to intuitively think critically while maintaining a high ethical and moral character.

Staff Recruitment/Retention

Recruiting, developing, and retaining high-quality staff is vital for student success. Fostering a culture of support with opportunities for growth and development empowers outstanding staff


To intentionally build meaningful relationships with students, staff, families, and community with trust and respect to create a positive culture to invest in every student’s future.

Learn more on the School Board Information webpage.