named at Milan
Cindy DiFazio, Staff Writer
The Board of Trustees for the Milan Community School Corporation
met in regular session on Monday, March 19. All members were present.
The February minutes were read and approved unanimously.
The first order of business was to introduce the new high school
principal, Richard Healy. Healy and his wife, Gail, are originally
from Mishawaka and are in the process of moving to Milan. Superintendent
Andrew Jackson noted that Healy was hired following an extensive
process that included online assessments and interviews. Healy
stood and was warmly welcomed.
In old business, Jackson told board members he has been going
through the Corporation Policy Handbook. He suggested that a provision
be struck from the policy that requires a 90-day probationary
period before employees health insurance goes into effect.
The insurance policy that the corporation uses must become active
within 30 days of new employment or the employee would have to
wait until the next open enrollment. Randy Kirk made the motion
to approve the change with Tim Tuttle providing a second. The
motion carried 5-0. Jackson informed the board that he would go
through the manual and bring suggested changes to upcoming meetings
There were several items under the heading of new business. The
2007-08 calendar will stay pretty much the same as 2006-07. Parent/teacher
conferences are being moved back to October to coincide with the
first nine weeks and the career center schedule. Tim Tuttle moved
to approve the calendar. Ted Amberger seconded, and the calendar
was approved unanimously.
Jackson told the board in regard to liability and property insurance,
I have some good news. He stated that the premiums
would be much less than he thought, coming in at $74,905 rather
than the figure of about $100,000 he expected. Jackson said that
he believes it will be to the corporations benefit to stay
with its current agent from whom two quotes were obtained. Board
member, Randy Kirk, asked Why didnt we do bids? Is
that fair to the taxpayers? Jackson explained that there
are actually only 2-3 companies in the state that offer school
policy packages and the current agent had obtained two quotes.
He also reminded the board that if it did a 3-year bid the corporation
would be unable to obtain new quotes for that three-year period.
Kirk made a motion to request a second bid. The motion did not
receive a second, and died. Tim Tuttle made a motion to accept
the current quote, which was seconded by Greg Lewis. The motion
passed 4-1 with Randy Kirk opposed.
The next order of business was when to make up for snow days.
Jackson noted that schools were closed six days due to snow. He
proposed that those days be made up on 5/23, 5/24, 5/25, 5/29
and 5/30. Jackson suggested that high school commencement still
be held on May 26. Ted Amberger asked if graduates would be expected
to attend school on 5/29 and 5/30. Jackson said that Indiana requirements
state that if school is open students are expected to attend.
Tim Tuttle made a motion to accept the snow make-up days, seconded
by Ted Amberger, and passed unanimously.
Field trips approved were:
* Second grade to the Croon Conservatory for the butterfly exhibit.
* Eighth grade to a workshop on the Holocaust.
* Destination Imagination to a competition in Knoxville pending
a prior wins in the region.
Fund-raisers approved were:
* Junior Honor Society.
* Sophomore Hoops for Heart basketball tournament.
Leases approved were:
* High school gym for the Hoops for Heart basketball
* Outside area for the PTO carnival.
The last item discussed in new business was the need to advertise
for bids on pool renovations. The base bid will be for deck, ceiling
and pool work. An alternate bid will be for windows, doorframes
and walls. Bids received will be opened on April 12 with contracts
awarded on April 16. The job is expected to be completed by August
1 so the pool can be opened for the new school year.
It has been reported in newspapers across the state that the legislature
is in favor of funding full-day kindergarten. Superintendent Jackson
stated that this issue is far from being decided. He explained
that the funding would go first to the neediest schools in the
state, defined as those having the greatest population of children
who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. At this juncture
it doesnt seem likely that Milan will participate in such
a program for at least the first 2-3 years if it is established
by the state.
During the claims and financial reports section board president,
David Voss, explaining that he questions snow removal costs every
year commented, I think someday we need to sit down and
talk about the situation. Ted Amberger added, Can
we find out what were paying per hour?
Superintendent Jackson noted that workers have to start snow removal
at 3:00 a.m. in order for school to be in session and that total
costs through February 4 were $7,500. Amberger told the gathering,
Weve had one snow removal event in the past cost $5,000.
In Presidents Prerogative, Jackson wished school board secretary,
Susan Dudgeon, a happy birthday, noting that his own birthday
was the following day. Jackson and the board members also thanked
the community for attending meetings and welcomed Richard Healy
on board as the new high school principal.
CINDY DI FAZIO PHOTO
Newly hired Milan High School Principal, Richard Healy,
right, mingled with attendees of the Milan Board of School
Trustees at their regular Monday night meeting.
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