Milan School Board hears about funding cuts
Cindy DiFazio - Staff Writer
The Board of School Trustees of the Milan Community School
Corporation met in regular session on Monday, March 20. All
members, with the exception of Anthony Veldhaus, were present.
Superintendent Donald Swisher reported on the recently received
state budget order. He stated there is a decrease in state
funding, and if the trend continues, it could result in a drastic
cut, up to 20% in services in four to five years. He commented, "Imagine
what our schools would look like with that kind of cut in staffing." He
noted that the state expects the county and town governments
to make up the difference. Therefore, the tax rate has increased
from 1.5487 to 1.6888 in the last year. He concluded that the
state continues to reduce its support to schools, and added, "We
will somehow have to make it work with less money."
Board member Anita Pitts noted that the lack of state funding
has affected the adult education field. David Voss said that
Superintendent Swisher had been "right on the money" last
year in his state monetary predictions. Pitts commended Swisher
and stated that he was very good with figures keeping Milan
pretty solid financially.
Students Sarah Hussung and Mackenzie Hartman were presented
certificates of recognition for their participation in the Readers
Digest Vocabulary Contest. Hussung also was presented a certificate
for placing 6th out of 38 contestants in the Scripps Howard/Post
spelling competition. Middle School Principal Connie Nobbe complimented
the girls saying, "These two girls are super students
and did a great job."
Sherri Zornes, president of the Milan USA winter age group
swim team expressed her thanks for the use of the pool this
season. She reported that the team had 34 swimmers, competed
in six meets, and had nine divisional qualifying swimmers.
Zornes also stated that Larry Grippo Jr. and Elizabeth Smith
competed at the state level in early March. The team donated
equipment for use by the elementary and other school swim teams.
A parent, Mr. Weston, noted that they had excellent swimmers
this year and said that most of the reason was the coaching
of Rhonda Goodpaster. He expressed his hope that the board
will reinstate Goodpaster as coach for next year.
Superintendent Swisher announced that the following summer
school classes will be offered: Elementary and middle school "jumpstart" classes
for nine days from July 31 - August 10; summer band classes,
and a high school English class, with differentiated curriculum
for the various grade levels. The Southeastern Career Center
will offer high school online classes in various subjects.
The board voted 4-0 to approve the summer school program.
Stephanie Baker motioned to approve the following lease agreements:
· A request from MHS SADD to hold a "Kid's Night
Out" at the elementary on Thursday, April 6 from 4:30-7:30
· Request from LaMar Brown to hold a Bike-a-Thon for
St. Jude's Hospital in the elementary parking lot on March
· And, a request from the elementary PTO to use parts
of the elementary for their annual carnival on Friday, April
28 from 3-9:00 p.m. (hours of carnival activities being 5-8:00
The motion was seconded by Edward Amberger and the motion
Field trips to the Newport Aquarium, the Krohn Conservatory
and the Cincinnati Reds Ball Park and Hall of Fame Museum were
approved 4-0. Superintendent Swisher informed the board of
a field trip request made by Sherri Zornes, elementary GT coordinator,
on behalf of the Destination Imagination teams. They want to
participate in the global competition at the University of
Knoxville, TN, in May if they qualify. There will be no cost
to the corporation and parents will provide transportation.
The motion carried 4-0.
Members of the Boy Scout Troop 631 from the Milan/Moores Hill
area attended the meeting to earn a merit badge in community
The meeting adjourned at 7:42 p.m.