AD welcomed at Milan School Board meeting
Milan Supt. gives kindergarten update
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
The Milan Board of School Trustees met in regular session at 7:00
p.m. on Monday, July 23.
Principal Richard Healy introduced David Wolferst, who was hired
as athletic director. Wolferst had served as AD at Maconoquah High
School for the past four years and was a native of Batesville. He
will be moving to this area with his wife, Kris, and their three
Superintendent Jackson reported, At present there are 82 children
enrolled in kindergarten for the 2007-2008 school year. Surveys
had been sent out to get feedback on full day kindergarten and only
four responses stated they had opted for one-half day for their
child. He said, Some parents were concerned that if
their child only attended half day, they would miss out on learning
instruction. Jackson said, That would be true. Kindergarten
is optional according to state law, but it is offered to our children
because it has value. We do not offer it because some parents dont
wish their child to attend. The superintendent said if any parent
had concerns, he would gladly meet with them. The superintendent
noted that with state support, the cost to parents would not exceed
$200 per year.
Randy Combs made a presentation on behalf of Marty Layden, who was
on vacation. Combs presented the following student athletes with
academic plaques for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average during
the fourth grading period of the 2006-07 school year: Amanda Walter,
Carissa Mulroy, Hollie Robinson, Brittney Knowlton, and Stephanie
Becker for tennis; Lacee Alloway, Kelly Stutler, for softball; and
Deborah Fryer, Andrew Dixon, and Alex Walter for track.
Superintendent Jackson requested a revision of the 2007-08 school
calendar to provide six half-day staff development in-service days
on the following dates: October 5, November 21, December 14, March
7, April 4 and May 2. Elementary students will be released at 12:45
p.m. and middle school/high school students will be released at
1:00 p.m. These days would provide teachers with opportunities to
improve their professional skills and increase their effectiveness.
Topics would include ISTEP+ data, 4Sight Benchmark testing, and
classroom instructional strategies.
Personnel changes: David Wolferst was hired as Athletic Director.
Wolferst will be awarded a two-year 225 day contract and be placed
on the administrative salary schedule with 11 years of experience.
Melissa Sanders was hired as a kindergarten teacher and Michelle
Franklin as a first grade teacher. Shannon Wells will be a Title
I, third/fourth grade instructional aide.
Superintendent Jackson stated there had been many outstanding candidates
for the recent job postings and expressed expectations of great
things for the upcoming school year. The superintendent was given
permission to advertise and/or employ any necessary personnel prior
to the August meeting. This does not include the new position of
Director of Operations.
Superintendent Jackson reported the swimming pool project was completed
and the pool had been filled and cleaned.
The budget adoption hearing will be held on September 6 at 7:00
p.m. and the budget adoption meeting on September 17 at 6:45 p.m.
prior to the regular monthly meeting.
All five school board members were present: David Voss, Edward Amburger,
Randy Kirk, 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, August 20 at 7:00 p.m.