honors five retiring employees
Wanda English Burnett - Editor
Five retirees: Connie Cottingham, Ray Baurley, Linda Baurley,
David Steckel and Michael Parks, were recognized at the regular
meeting of the Milan Community School Corporation Board of School
Trustees May 21. They were each presented an engraved clock from
Superintendent Andrew Jackson, denoting their many years of dedication
to the corporation.
Under old business the superintendent gave a report on the pool
renovation project. He noted that he and Jerry Firestone had met
with the original bidder, Poole Group, Inc. and a new bid was
presented that is within the budget. The new bid to do the ceiling,
tank and deck will be $65,615, with an additional $6,200 to paint
the walls. The total project is $71,815. The superintendent recommended
approval of the project.
In other business:
Handbooks for 2007-2008 were approved with revisions from
the May 3 meeting.
Field trip requests were granted for Zach Wade to take
40 NJHS members to Dave & Busters in Cincinnati on June
4; and for Melinda Williamson, John Jackson and Tresa Patz to
take approximately 50 SADD members to Kings Island on June
A fundraising request from Anne Marie Layden and Gretchen
Fuller for cheerleaders to hold a rummage sale was granted.
A lease agreement was approved for Wendi Garrett to hold
a gymnastics show in the high school on June 24.
A petition signed by most of the bus drivers requested
the number 12 be retired as a bus route number in
honor of the late Hank Voss was brought before the board. This
request was tabled until the superintendent could speak with Mrs.
Voss concerning the issue.
Two senior GQE waivers were approved. The superintendent
noted that the students had met all the qualifications for the
waivers and requested they be awarded diplomas at commencement
Board members heard a request to adopt two new science books.
Superintendent Jackson noted that there would be a new class in
environmental science and an integrated chemistry/physics class
for the 2007-2008 school year. One of the present teachers licensed
in chemistry would be qualified to teach the integrated chemistry/physics
class. The following textbooks were approved: Treasures from McMillan
McGraw Hill for fifth and sixth grade reading; Reading With a
Purpose from Glencoe, McGraw Hill for seventh and eighth grade;
Environmental Science from Holt, Rinehart, Winston, and Integrated
Chemistry/Physics from Glencoe/McGraw Hill.
Superintendent Jackson noted that due to the hard work of elementary
principal Jane Rogers, elementary counselor Brenda Schwering and
Debra Johnson, elementary secretary, the state awarded the elementary
school a grant of $15,000 for the next two years to help provide
a full time elementary counselor. At present they have a half
time counselor. This would provide full day coverage at little
extra cost to the corporation.
Two companies have submitted quotes for repairs needed to the
middle school roof. They are: NuTec and Southern Roofing. Jackson
was given approval to get clarification on specs and spend up
to $60,000 for the roofing project.
A report was given on kindergarten funding. The superintendent
noted that all schools had to report an estimated 2007-08 count
to the state by June 15. They will in turn be told the amount
of state funding the school will receive by June 25. Although
presently we offer full day kindergarten to twenty students through
Title I funding, there are strict stipulations on this money,
Under personnel, summer school positions approved were:
Stefani Bedel for summer band
Steve Gutzwiller, driving instructor
Michael Myers, for first session English
Ron Prosser , second session English
Brenda Walter, for Algebra I
Lisa Bradshaw, Linda Swisher, Amy Ralston, Paul Brunner,
Dana Burton, Kris Clark, Judy Powlen, and Mary Pat Taylor for
The resignation of John Jackson was approved. He was a middle
school football coach. Kevin Walter was approved as the co-ed
varsity soccer coach and Judy White for the middle school cheerleading
sponsor. Jeffrey Stutler was approved as a full time middle school
social studies teacher.