Hanover Community School Corporation Board Of TrusteesBACK: Scott Burdan (Member), Connie Sterkowitz (Member), and James Sakelaris (Secretary)FRONT: Tracy Haskell (Vice President) and Tara Beilke (President)Regular meetings of the Hanover Community School Corporation Board of Trustees are held in public for the purpose of conducting the School Corporation's business and are not to be considered public community meetings. At times, the School Board may decide to hold open community forums in which the public is given a chance to speak about a specific topic. However, there will be no action taken at these forums. Members of the public are encouraged to attend all public meetings. Visit our FAQ page for more information about School Board Meetings.
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Tara Beilke: Presidenttbeilke@hanover.k12.in.us
Mrs. Beilke is a native of Steger, IL and moved to Cedar Lake in 2007. She and her husband, Todd, have two children; Aidan is a Hanover graduate and pursuing a degree in statistics with a minor in analytics at Purdue Northwest, and Mattea is a senior at Hanover Central High School and will be going to college after. "The education my children have received at HCSC has given them a solid foundation on which they can successfully pursue any path they choose following graduation. " She holds a master's degree in Communications Disorders from Governor's State University and has been a certified and licensed Speech Pathologist for over 25 years. "Our community is growing by leaps and bounds. Due to that growth and the complex and rapidly changing world in which we live, there will be many decisions the district will need to make in the near future and coming years. It is important to me that we do everything we can to make sure all of our students leave our doors with an educational experience that prepares them to be effective lifelong learners and contributors to society, no matter what path they choose," she explains.
Tracy Haskell: Vice Presidentthaskell@hanover.k12.in.us
A graduate of Hanover Central High School, Mrs. Haskell brings years of experience working with Hanover students to the Board of Trustees. She served on the Hanover staff for ten years before switching to insurance, and currently works as an Account Manager for Ryan Spangler State Farm. She returned to Cedar Lake in 2006 to raise her family with husband, Michael. They have four children, all graduates of HCHS: Mylissa (Branden) Hughes, Angela Haskell, Brittany Haskell and Michael Haskell. In addition to her service on the School Board, she is currently on the Board of Cedar Lake Summerfest, Chairperson of the Cedar Lake 4th of July Parade and the Treasurer for Cedar Lake/Hanover Democratic Committee. “We have amazing administrators, teachers and staff. I want to continue working with them and supporting our great community,” said Mrs. Haskell, adding; “With the growth of our community, having strong partnerships and connections with the community is essential.
James Sakelaris: Secretary
Born in Hammond, Indiana, Mr. Sakelaris and his family moved to Cedar Lake in 2007. His wife Kris is an attorney and their daughter Bernadette (BK) graduated from Hanover Central High School in 2013. Mr. Sakelaris, his daughter, and his wife are all graduates of Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana. A retired accountant, Mr. Sakelaris holds degrees in business administration and accounting. First elected to the school board in 2010, Mr. Sakelaris has witnessed the tremendous growth in the town, which necessitated the building of a new middle school and intermediate school. While overseeing these construction projects, he also directed the improvement and expansion of all sporting facilities/ venues. Moving forward, his top priority is maintaining high student academic performance by ensuring the district hires and maintains the most qualified and experienced teachers and administrators.
Scott Burdan: Member
Mr. Burdan is a native of Cedar Lake and a graduate of Andrean High School in Merrillville. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Purdue University and a Mortuary Science degree from Ivy Tech. He is a member of the family owned Burdan Funeral Home, Inc. in Cedar Lake. Mr. Burdan’s wife, Gretchen is a teacher at Hanover Central Middle School. The couple has four sons including Shawn, a 7th grader at HCMS who plays baseball for the Cedar Lake Little League, Mason is a 5th grader at HCMS and also plays Cedar Lake Little League Baseball. Brett is in 2nd grade at Jane Ball Elementary School, and like his brothers, plays baseball for the Cedar Lake Little League, but also has added Dyer Indoor Soccer to his young resume. Trace is 4 years old and plays no sports yet, but is looking forward to both baseball and soccer next year. “I loved growing up in the tight knit community of Cedar Lake. It was a wonderful experience and I want to carry over that experience to my duties on the School Board,” he said. This is Mr. Burdan’s first publicly elected office and he brings a strong sense of family values to his position and the Hanover community.
Connie Sterkowitz: Membercsterkowitz@hanover.k12.in.us
Connie Sterkowitz is a native of Dyer, Indiana and has been a resident of Cedar Lake since 2015. She is the proud parent of two daughters: Brooke, a graduate of Hanover Central High School who has earned her Bachelor's degree from Holy Cross College, and Camryn, a licensed insurance agent. As the parent of two outstanding student athletes, she has also served as a member of the Hanover Central Athletic Booster Club. Sterkowitz has been employed by Duane Morris LLP, an international law firm in Chicago, for the past 23 years. Connie has dedicated her service on the Board to ensuring that Hanover kids have access to the best education, whether they be college bound or workforce bound, the best extracurricular opportunities and the best direction possible for the rest of their lives. Ms. Sterkowitz served as President of the School Board for three years, as well as liaison to NISEC (Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative) and the Cedar Lake Redevelopment Commission.