Enrollment up at Milan schools

Cathy May, Contributing Writer

Superintendent Andrew Jackson reported to the Milan School Board the present enrollment stands at 1,325. He noted this was an increase of 36 students over last year at this time. He stated the biggest change was due to full-day kindergarten, which was going very well. Jackson expressed his appreciation to Principal Jane Rogers and her staff for getting this program off to a very good start.

Roselyn McKittrick was concerned with school board members obtaining school insurance. President David Voss said the board is studying the matter to see if they could do something different that would not be so costly to taxpayers. He commented the board would look into the situation and attempt to have a resolution at the September meeting.

Superintendent Jackson addressed the board concerning the position of Director of Operations. He stated that he had received 18 applications and he had interviewed the eight most qualified applicants. He stated he was ultimately looking for the person who possessed the right attitude and skills for the position. Jackson then recommended William Bruns. He noted that Bruns had six years bus driving experience, had been a maintenance supervisor, was on the fire department and was a first responder. He commented that Bruns would fit in very well with the staff. He was hired by the board.

The following fundraising requests were approved: Terra Jones and Marty Layden to use RST fundraising for the middle school annual PTO fundraiser from January 11-25,2008; Randy Combs for the boy’s basketball teams to hold the 27th annual golf scramble at Hoosier Links on September 9; Bob Hunger for the high school art club to hold the annual Christmas Craft Fair on November 17; Stefani Bedel for the band to hold their annual magazine drive from August 28 - September 11; Theresia Tuttle - for the elementary PTO to sell items from Club’s Choice for their annual fundraiser from September 28-October 8; and Richard Dobson and Todd Yates for the senior class to hold their annual dinner on the night of homecoming, September 7.

A lease agreement was approved from the Milan Youth Football group to use the football field and facilities for eight (8) Sundays in August, September and October, from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. They will pay a fee of $85.00 per Sunday.

The following extracurricular recommendations were approved from Athletic Director David Wolferst: Brian Sturgeon, assistant varsity football coach; Jeff Stutler, 7th grade football coach; Ricky Williamson, 8th grade football coach; Karissa Stutler, 7th grade volleyball coach; Brianna Kovacich, freshman volleyball coach; Derek Pennington, volunteer football coach; and Ron Pruss, volunteer soccer coach.

A field trip request from Richard Dobson and Todd Yates to take approximately 80 students from the US history and world history classes to the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg, Ohio on September 27 was approved.

The school sold their tractor to the town of Milan for $4,000.

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, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the administration building.