Lead the Way introduced at Milan
Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer
The first order of business for the November meeting of the Milan
School Board was information on Project Lead the Way. Project Lead
the Way, a national not-for-profit organization, assists schools
in providing curriculum in engineering and technology. According
to Superintendent Andrew Jackson, Milan School Corporation has received
two grants totaling $50,000 to offset start-up costs. Its
a good program, stated Superintendent Jackson. He also mentioned
that he knew of three students who went through the program and
received full scholarships to Rose-Hulman College. Student interest
surveys will be sent out in December. Board members will be provided
with more information at the December board meeting.
Next on the agenda was the Indiana Bond Bank Resolution. According
to Superintendent Jackson, the school corporation borrowed $1.4
million last year; and will need to borrow $963,000 for the general
fund this year. The interest paid by the corporation is between
1.5% and 2%. When asked how long the school corporation has been
borrowing money, Jackson replied since 2000. This is due to the
county draw money being late. Our goal is to eventually get
the operating balance up to 10% of the budget, said Jackson.
The board passed the bond resolution unanimously.
The board accepted the donation of a wooden inlay Indian wall hanging
by John and Pat McKittrick. The artwork was purchased in North Carolina
and later discovered while cleaning for a barn sale. It is on display
in the superintendents office.
In the superintendents report, Jackson commented on the parent/teacher
conferences held in October. According to Jackson, the elementary
school had 92% of parents attending. The middle school had an average
attendance, a little lower than last year. The high school had 62%
of parents attending the conferences. This was outstanding
participation, Jackson stated.
In other business:
The board agreed to allow St. Nicholas School to use the
middle school cafeteria on December 18.
Ninth grade sponsors Joan Kennett and Paige Wade requested
permission to hold a Hoop Shoot and Split the Pot fundraiser at
the boys and girls home varsity games. This was approved
The National Junior Honor Society received permission to
hold a Penny War fundraiser with proceeds going to the Council of
Churches to purchase Christmas gifts for the less fortunate.
The board approved field trip requests from Joan Kennetts
biology and world geography class to the Newport Aquarium and the
4th grade field trip to the Aronoff Center.
The board will sponsor the girls game against Batesville
and the boys game against Lawrenceburg in the Score for Scholars
Program to benefit the Milan Scholarship Foundation.
In a letter to the superintendent, high school Principal
Richard Healy recognized the high school Spell Bowl team for outstanding
performance at Greensburg High School on October 15.
The board accepted the resignation of middle school cross
country coach Michael Meyer; and high school KEY team member Anita
The following employment recommendations were accepted unanimously
by the board: Melissa Mitchell as the high school agriculture teacher;
Teresa Patz as a KEY team member; Jerrid McDonald for the 5th and
6th grade volunteer assistant boys basketball coach; Ray Vinup,
Jr. and Charles Dudgeon as substitute custodians; and Rena Gardner
as a substitute cafeteria worker.
Approval was given for payment of a water line leak repair
and the cost of a speaker to come.
A petition, signed by 86 students, was submitted to the board with
some concerns with a section in the student handbook about weighing
AP courses on a 5.0 scale for college credit. According to a student
attending the meeting, there are students taking high school diploma
courses that have a higher class ranking than those who are taking
the AP courses, which are more difficult. This affects how students
receive scholarships. Superintendent Jackson stated he will look
into the matter.
The meeting adjourned with the board members wishing the winter
sports teams good luck. We have good athletes, said
Randy Kirk. Tim Tuttle wanted to thank Pat and John McKittrick for
their donation. All board members were in attendance at the meeting:
Kirk, Tuttle, Edward Amberger, Gregory Lewis and David Voss.
The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will take place
December 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the superintendents office.
Indian artwork donated
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Milan Superintendent Andrew Jackson poses
beside the Indian artwork that was donated to the school
corporation recently by John and Pat McKittrick. It hangs
in the superintendent's office.