The Hamburg School Board recognized nearly 20 teachers and faculty members at Portland Elementary School, which recently received a highly sought designation from the United States Department of Education. 

PES was recently named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School for Exemplary Achievement in Gap Closing. 

Hamburg School District Superintendent Tracy Streeter shared that one of the positives she discovered through discussions with other principals across the state was that the teachers and staff at her schools were already implementing measures that were being recommended as ways to improve to other schools. This means that her teachers and staff are not only on par with magnet and charter schools around the state, in some ways they surpass them as they have already been putting those good practices into use. 

And now the school district is looking for a few more men and women to put those practices in place — during the same meeting the board discussed the need for teachers.

In other news:

• Hamburg High School Principal Tim Outlaw announced that the National Honor Society for this year is the largest group since he has been at the school. There were 33 students inducted at the recent ceremony. 

• Outlaw also recognized the high school’s band members as well as Band Instructor Ashlynn Kegley and Assistant Principal Ed Tucker. 

• The school recently hosted the band exhibition for the first time with good results. Hamburg High School band received a Level 2 rating overall, which is a good score.

• Booster clubs were also a topic of discussion at the meeting, and district officials reiterated that before any fundraising takes place on behalf of booster clubs, prior approval must be obtained from school administration. 

Streeter stressed that the decision for a fundraiser all comes down to what is best for the children. 

The board discussed how at times there are several fundraisers occurring in their small community at once, and there has even been overlap due to the same products being sold by two or more different booster clubs simultaneously. 

Several ideas were discussed informally but none were decided upon until further information can be obtained.

• The discussion also touched on the Master Facilities Plan. The plan is renewed every other year and no objections or concerns were raised at the meeting, so it was quickly approved.