schools to offer full day kindergarten
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
At the July 2 Milan School Board meeting
Superintendent Andrew Jackson reported the state would pay a minimum
of $665 per student for full day kindergarten, so he felt it would
be in the best interest of the students if Milan offered full day.
He stated there would be a charge to parents of approximately $600,
which would be billable in the fall and spring. He also noted that
about 45 students would qualify for payment under the Title I program.
These are the students who need the most academic assistance.
Jackson requested permission from the school board to send out letters
to parents concerning this issue to see if there would be enough
interested paying parents. He also asked permission to advertise
for another kindergarten teacher, in case the numbers warrant it.
In addition, since there are about 96 students in the first grade
class, and in order to reduce class size numbers, Supt. Jackson
requested permission to advertise for another first grade teacher.
He was given permission by the board to send out letters to parents
regarding kindergarten and advertise for both kindergarten and first
In order to post vacancies, interview and have recommendations for
the board in a timely fashion, the superintendent recommended the
July meeting be held on the 23rd.
Just before the regular meeting began a special presentation was
made by the superintendent to Emily Voss. She was given an engraved
plaque in honor of her late husband, Hank Voss, who was a contract
bus driver for the corporation for several years. The plaque was
engraved with the following:
WHEREAS, Henry Hank Voss dedicated 35 years of his life
safely driving a school bus for Milan Community School Corporation,
and WHEREAS, bus number 12 has become synonymous with Hank, and
WHEREAS, Hank entered into eternal rest on August 30, 2006, while
still an active bus driver NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the
Board of Trustees of the Milan Community School Corporation hereby
permanently retires bus number 12. ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OF THE MILAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION ON THIS THE SECOND DAY
OF JULY, 2007.
Emily Voss thanked Superintendent Jackson and commented that Hank
took his bus driving very seriously and she appreciated this gesture.
Superintendent Jackson stated this was a result of a petition by
the other bus drivers to honor Hank and that a duplicate plaque
would hang in the central office.
In other business:
Reorganization was held with David Voss elected president;
Edward Amberger vice president; and Timothy Tuttle, secretary.
J. Martin Layden will be awarded the position of middle school
principal. Layden has 12 years teaching experience and has served
as athletic director for the past several years. Jackson noted that
Layden would be a great fit for the middle school and was a good
team player. The resignation of Connie Nobbe as middle school principal
was approved. She will be accepting a position as Assistant Superintendent
at Decatur County Schools.
Superintendent Jackson noted that in the past the position
of Director of Technology had been an administrative position. He
noted that current director, Brian Sturgeon, had recently received
his teaching license and had completed his masters degree.
Sturgeon will be placed on the administrative salary schedule with
two years experience effective July 1, 2007.
The following certified positions were approved: Suzette Amelung
for the middle school special education intense intervention class;
(past teacher, Judy White was reassigned to a fifth grade teaching
position); Wendi Garrett for high school one-sixth English/Yearbook
teaching position; Julia Grills as an elementary fourth grade teacher;
and Brenda Schwering as the full time elementary counselor.
The following non-certified positions were approved: Jeffrey Holt
as the middle school study hall/study skills monitor; Fran Bixler
as a special education instructional aide; Tim Bentle as summer
custodial help; Leigh Ann Hall as summer custodial help; and Tara
Ward as the full time sub for the high school and middle school.
Elizabeth Vierling was approved as a middle school academic coach.
Extracurricular contracts will be extended until the end of the
2008-09 seasons for football coach, Ryan Langferman and basketball
coach, Randy Combs.
Superintendent Jackson was given permission to advertise for a Director
of Operations. This position would be non-certified and responsibilities
would include transportation, custodian and cafeteria. Salary would
be based upon experience.
Superintendent Jackson presented the board with a non-certified
salary schedule effective July 1,2007. He noted he tried to devise
a schedule for fair and consistent pay raises for all non-certified
personnel. He commented that everyone received at least a 2% increase,
and that although not all personnel fit on the schedule, they would
within the next couple of years. This schedule will also allow administrators
salary knowledge when interviewing new personnel. The schedule does
not include bus drivers or cafeteria personnel. Cafeteria personnel
will receive a 2% across the board raise.
Superintendent Jackson reported the pool project was ahead of schedule
and would be ready by the first day of school.
A donation of $110.00 worth of work was done on a corporation school
bus by Lewis Body Shop. Superintendent Jackson thanked Mr. Lewis
for his generous donation and for his time and labor.
Superintendent Jackson reported that he had received the 2007 budget
order from the state and it looked very promising. He stated that
we received very few cuts in funding, and he was hopeful
that county money would be forthcoming in the near future.
Four of five school board members were present: David Voss, Edward
Amberger, Timothy Tuttle and Gregory Lewis. Attorney Larry Eaton
was present to advise the board. The next regular meeting of the
Milan School Board will be on Monday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m.