Board of Education

Regular School Board Meetings will be held on the second Monday of each month.

All meetings are open to the public.

If a person desires to have an item placed on the agenda,

please contact the Superintendent's Office one week prior to the scheduled meeting.

All School Board proceedings are published in the newspaper.

School Board Packets will be available to the public 24 hours prior to the Board Meetings.

Board Members

Paula Hawks, President

Paula Hawks is a former West Central High School science teacher and Oral Interp coach.  After ten years with the school district, Paula worked in the human resources field for a few years while serving in the state legislature as a representative for District 9.  She is currently with Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, serving as the career services coordinator and one of six student success advisors for the students at STI.  Paula has a bachelor of science in biology and chemistry and a master of science in technology for education and training.  She and her husband, Steve, live in Hartford with their three children.  Paula is currently serving her first term on the West Central school board and is the vice president.




Anna Johnson

Anna Johnson has worked in higher education for over 10 years and one of my greatest passions is helping students succeed.  I currently work as a Student Success Advisor for Southeast Tech.  I work with students as an instructor and advisor to ensure a successful college experience.  Additionally, I work as a private reading instructor with Anderson-Smith Speech, working primarily with students with Dyslexia to ensure that reading is not the roadblock to their success. ​


I enjoy being a part of and giving back to the community that I live in.  Additionally, my son will one day join the West Central School District.  Having worked in higher education I understand the critical importance of a strong K-12 foundation. I am certified to teach in the state of South Dakota, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Multi-categorical Special Education.

Alison McGillivray, Vice President

Alison McGillivray was elected to the West Central School Board in May 2019.  Alison is a native of North Dakota where she graduated from Carrington High School in 2003.  She is a graduate of South Dakota State University where she received her bachelor’s degree.  Alison McGillivray is currently a Systems Analyst and Certified Salesforce Administrator at Sonifi Solutions in Sioux Falls.  Alison is married to her husband Nathan, they have two children, one of which is currently attending West Central Schools because of the belief that the West Central School District provides an excellent learning environment and education. Alison looks forward to helping the West Central School District to continue to provide an excellent education and opportunities for the districts children.

Alexia "Lexy" Klinkhammer

Alexia “Lexy” Klinkhammer is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at the Avera Specialty Hospital on Louise in Sioux Falls. She sits on the Advanced Practice Nursing Advisory Committee for the South Dakota Board of Nursing and is a member of the Hartford United Methodist Church where she is on the Education Board and serves as a liturgist and Sunday School Teacher. Lexy has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia, both from Mount Marty College. Lexy and her husband Jeremy reside in Hartford and have three children. This is her first term as a Board of Education Member.

Justin Eich

          I was raised on a dairy farm by Winfred, SD.  I graduated from Madison High School and obtained  an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Southeast Tech in Autobody. I have worked in and own my own body shop.  I have been married 25 years this summer to Robin.  We have 4 boys of which 3 are attending West Central and the fourth has graduated and lives in Wisconsin.  My wife and I own  Vista Crossing (apartments), Stomping Grounds (coffee shop) and Arrowhead Properties (snow removal) and our children help with the various businesses.  I am an entrepreneur at heart and am instilling a strong work ethic and the business mentality to our children.  I enjoy watching the Kansas City Chiefs, enjoy watching car races and ride atvs and snowmobiles.​