West Central School District 49-7

705 East 2nd Street

Hartford, SD 57033



Board of Education

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

Meetings will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise posted.

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

Craig Habben, President

Craig Habben is Senior Project Manager for HDR Engineering whom he has worked for the last 28 years. Born and raised in Webster City, Iowa he graduated at Iowa State University with bachelor degrees in Civil and Construction Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Engineering. He began with HDR out of college in Denver, CO and then started the Billings, MT office before moving to Hartford in 2008. Craig's wife Shelly works at First Premier Bank in Sioux Falls. They have three kids, Chase, Emma, and Clay all graduates of West Central and currently in college. Craig is in the third year of his second term on the School Board. 



Paula Hawks, Vice 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.





Amy Larson

Amy Larson has a love for education.  She spent 15 years teaching middle school and high school mathematics.  Currently, she is helping her husband run a real estate team with Hegg Realtors with an office in Hartford as well.  They live in Hartford and have two children in the West Central School District.  She earned her bachelor's degree in math education and a master's in education administration from USD.  Amy is active in many organizations throughout the community and is serving her second year on the board.




Alison McGillivray

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.