High School Spanish teacher Leslie Vertz requested a public
conference regarding her termination. The board heard from this
conference at the regular school board meeting on Monday, April
Vertz was represented by Indiana State Teacher Association Attorney
Jim Singer who provided a packet of information, which included
the letter stating determining factors for Vertzs termination.
There were also evaluations that had been conducted during her
two-year stay at Milan.
According to Singer, Vertzs initial evaluations received
ratings of outstanding and satisfactory. An evaluation taken
in November 2009 showed only two areas, such as lesson planning,
that needed improvement. An evaluation given in March 2010 indicated
eight out of ten criteria were satisfactory.
As part of the Indiana Mentoring Assistance Program, Vertz was
to complete an assessment, which would then provide feedback
in areas needing improvement, according to Singer. He noted
that Vertz neither received any feedback nor was there any indication
of problems from Principal Rich Healy.
Vertz and Singer requested the board reconsider her termination
and allow her to continue with her work as a Spanish instructor
at the school.
Randy Kirk motioned to table the decision of non renewal of
the contract for Vertz to allow more time to review the information
provided by Singer. The motion failed due to the lack of a second.
The board approved the recommendation of non renewal of the
contract with a vote of 4-1 with Kirk voting no.
Other non renewal of contracts unanimously approved included
Rachelle Cole, Josh Blankenship, and Kristina Heitmyer. Non
certified resignations accepted included Nancy Hershman, Michelle
Franklin and Tara Ward.
The board unanimously approved the recommended cuts proposed
at a special meeting on April 12. Some of the recommendations
included reducing non-certified, with the exception of transportation
and food service employees, wages/salaries by six percent; freeze
all wages and benefits for food service and bus employees; terminate
the speech language assistant position; and freeze administrative
salaries at the July 1, 2008 level.
In other business:
The request from athletic director John Prifogle to hold
a girls basketball camp was unanimously approved.
The Milan Educators Association contract, which could
incur a savings of about $90,000 was unanimously approved.
Alex Walter will be recognized at a luncheon for his
selection as an Academic All-Star by the Indianapolis Star.
A Rising Sun Regional Foundation grant was received and
will be used towards the implementation of new software for
the new school year.
All board members were in attendance. The next meeting will
be held on Monday, May 17 beginning at 7 p.m. at the elementary