Principal Jane Rogers, to be assistant superintendent
Newly hired Milan School Supt. resigns
The announcement that the Milan
Community School Corporation received a resignation from Superintendent
Paul Roads was heard at the regular meeting of the Milan School
Board on Monday, June 15. Tim Tuttle, president of the board,
noted that Roads did not show up for work.
According to Tuttle, Roads explained in a phone call that he had
some personal as well as staff issues and could not come to Milan.
This leaves a real sour taste in my mouth, said board
member Doug Norman, who continued, But if I had to do it
over again, Roads would still be my choice.
The motion to accept the resignation of Superintendent Paul Roads
was unanimously approved. Gene Pitts will continue as interim
superintendent until June 30. The motion to modify Pitts
resignation to include the effective date of June 30 was approved.
The Milan School Corporation has hired Steve Gookins to be interim
superintendent effective July 1. According to Tuttle, Gookins,
who has been interim superintendent at Lawrenceburg schools for
the past few years, has 29 years of experience. Gookins started
his career at Jac-Cen-Del as a teacher, then principal, and later
as superintendent. Currently, he is helping other school corporations
with their budgets.
The board also approved Jane Rogers, Milan Elementary Principal,
as the assistant superintendent effective July 1. Rogers will
receive on-the-job training from Gookins, after which she will
become the superintendent. Pitts noted that Rogers will have her
license by the end of the summer.
The recommendation to hire Josh Blankenship as the high school
basketball coach and PE teacher was unanimously approved. Blankenship
came highly recommended, according to middle school principal
Marty Layden. Layden stated that he believes that Blankenship
is the best candidate as a coach and a teacher.
The request for the submission of grant applications was approved.
The IDEA grant application will be for the amount of $72,000 over
a two year period, and will used in the middle school for tutoring
and small group instruction. The Title I application will be about
$85,000 over a two year period and will be used for assistance
in the classroom and summer school help for the elementary.
High school principal Richard Healy recognized athletes with a
4.0 GPA for the second semester. The following student athletes
received plaques: Nick Walter, Tyler Mills, Alex Walter, Bret
Stites, Robby Shannon, Kyle Fuqua, Adam Lee, Matt Arkenberg, Katie
Dickey, Montana Winters, Arielle Noel, Elaina Voss, Koehler Morrissey,
Lydia Ertel, Elizabeth Smith, Kelsey Reese, Jessica Strassell,
Donna Jarrett, Christie Robinson, Brittney Knowlton, Marki Smith,
Kelly Stutler, Kayla Stutler, Neal Herzog, Ethan Voss, John Paul
Jackson, Nick Ryan, Tatijana Marsee, Lizzie Fuller, and Kurtis
In other business:
The following lease agreements were approved: the Good
News Club for the months of October and November 2009 and February
and March 2010; and the use of the high school gym for a gymnastics
Fund raising requests approved include the middle school
bands sale of candy bars in October; band boosters to hold
a raffle in March; and the high school cheerleaders to hold a
car wash and a yard sale.
Resignations accepted include Mark Garrett and John Prifogle.
Terminations approved include Melinda Williams as student
specific aid; Ron Watts as in-house substitute teacher; and Michelle
Hasmer as girls golf coach.
The board approved the maternity leave request of Tara
Obermeyer for eight weeks beginning in September.
All board members were in attendance along with corporation attorney
Larry Eaton to advice. The next meeting will be held on Monday,
July 20 beginning at 7 p.m. at the administrative building.