made on ISTEP scores at Milan
Efforts to improve ISTEP+ scores at the Milan Community Schools
have paid off, according to a report prepared by the schools
principals. This report was presented to the Milan School Board
at their regular meeting on Monday, September 20.
According to elementary school principal Jane Rogers, the scores
of English/Language Arts and math tests taken in the spring of
2010 were higher than those from the previous year. The scores
were above the state average with the exception of the 2009 Grade
5 score, which was below the states score by two percentage
points for both English/Language Arts and math.
The middle school saw an increase in scores. Again, the scores
were higher than the states scores for both years and in
both categories. The high school end of course assessments for
English 10 and algebra were up, with the eighth grade accelerated
algebra class scoring 100%.
According to middle school principal Marty Layden, the improvements
were due to remediation, tutoring sessions, and setting school
Several patrons expressed their disappointment when they were
unable to ask questions as part of the regular meeting. After
adjournment, a patron asked when they would have a chance to address
the board. According to board president Doug Norman, patrons were
given an opportunity to speak after the ISTEP+ presentation when
he asked if there were any questions.
The patron explained that he thought the questions were to pertain
to the presentation. Norman explained that a volleyball game played
in the gym at the same time made it difficult to hear. Norman
explained that the patrons comments will be heard at the October
Personnel resignations included Sherri Cunningham as middle school
spell bowl sponsor; Beth Vierling, middle school academic team
sponsor; and Cinda Ahlrich, middle school student council sponsor.
The board unanimously approved the employment of Tiffany Taylor
as a special ed aide contingent on funding from ROD. Also approved
were Rob Riley as varsity wrestling coach; Jack Day as 7th grade
basketball coach; and Brenda Walter as middle school spell bowl
Volunteers approved include Sherri Zornes as elementary GT coordinator;
Gayle Healy as middle school and high school GT coordinator and
Laura Hicks as high school art club sponsor.
Interim Superintendent Steve Gookins reported the official student
count, taken on Friday, September 17. According to Gookins, the
2010 count of 1,192 was down by 37 students. He noted that there
were 28 transfers, which helped to keep the student count up.
The special ed count will not be official until December, according
In other business:
The board granted permission for the superintendent to
make any needed changes to the budget when requested by the DLGF.
The capital projects plan and bus replacement plans were
approved as advertised.
All board members were in attendance. The next meeting will be
held on Monday, October 18 beginning at 7 p.m. at the elementary