Patrons of Milan schools must have questions approved by superintendent

Beth Rumsey
Staff Writer

Patrons with questions for the Milan School Board will now have to request to be put on the agenda. The procedure was explained at the regular board meeting on Monday, October 18.

According to board president Doug Norman, the board meetings are not a discussion type meeting and advised patrons to contact the school ahead of time to be put on the agenda so their concerns can be addressed. “The proper process is to contact the superintendent and if he deems it important enough, then it will be put on the agenda,” Norman said.

Interim Superintendent Steve Gookins noted that most patron questions and concerns can be answered without board actions.

The explanation was given after patron Becky Hand asked for details regarding the funding of the summer band program. In response to her request to have fundraising information heard at the meeting, Gookins explained that the information can be found in the minutes.

Student Erin Seithel was recognized for her receipt of the National Merit Scholar award. Also recognized was Brenda Walters as a finalist for the Indiana Academic Coach of the Year and Aleisha Freiman for her participation in the Math Matters program.

In other business:

• The varsity girls basketball team field trip to see a college game was unanimously approved.

• Fundraisers approved were a free throw-athon sponsored by the girls basketball team; the FFA to sell citrus, nuts, and meats; junior class sale of cotton candy at ball games; and the joint community service project with the student council and the FFA to collect canned goods on trick or treat night.

• The recommendation to accept the donation of playground equipment by the PTO was unanimously approved.

• Resignations included Bill Bruns from the Director of Operations effective October 1; Janet Browning as a special aide and Ryan Langferman as boys basketball coach.

• The board approved tutors Jeff Greiwe, Kris Clark, Julia Grills, and Judy White for after school sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in math and language arts.

• Extracurricular recommendations approved were Lisa Bradshaw, 8th grade girls basketball coach; Dave Honnert, 7th grade boys basketball coach; Randy Combs, 8th grade boys basketball coach; Tyler Theising, freshman basketball coach; Jeff Stutler, reserve boys basketball coach; Paige Wade, girls varsity swim coach; Zach Wade, boys varsity swim coach; Adrian Wilburn, junior high wrestling coach; and Roy Adams, reserve wrestling coach.

All board members were in attendance. The next meeting will be on Monday, November 15 beginning at 7 p.m. at the administrative office.