The Milan School Board met for its regular session
on Monday, October 17. The board approved changes to its substitute
teacher policy during the meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Thomas Reale suggested the board make a minimum
age change to policy #4500 Substitute Teachers. This policy
has not been updated for 15 years, said Dr. Reale. He
suggested the minimum age for substitute teachers be 21 because
substitute teachers are unsupervised.
Board member Randy Kirk made the motion the board table the
policy change and have time to discuss it amongst themselves
before making a change. The motion failed.
Discussion over the policy change continued with board members
looking for clarification. One concern the board had was if
a student graduates at 17 and goes on to get their four-year
degree, they will graduate before turning 21 and will need the
classroom experience before being hired. A college student studying
education is required to complete so many hours of student teaching
Reale explained that student teaching is supervised and substitute
teaching is unsupervised. He expressed concern that a substitute
teacher under the age of 21 may not be mature enough to be in
a productive, unsupervised teaching environment that could possibly
be with students just a couple years younger than them.
We dont have an abundance (of substitute teachers)
but this will not hurt our ability to have enough qualified
substitutes, said Reale when asked if it would hurt the
corporations substitute supply.
The motion to approve the change that requires substitute teachers
be at least 21 years old to policy #4500 carried 3-2 with Randy
Kirk and Ted Amberger opposed.
In other news:
The board approved the 2012 budget for submission to
Anita Boggs and the Milan Agriscience Advisory Board
gave an update. Boggs reported FFA membership has increased
by 16 members with a total of 50 students involved in FFA.
The board approved facility use agreements with St. Nicholas
School, the Pee Wee/Youth Football Leagues, and Margaret Mary
Hospitals walking program.
Dr. Reale explained changes in the delivery of the health
curriculum at the middle school and answered questions concerning
language arts instruction in sixth grade.
Jack Day resigned as 7th grade girls basketball coach.
The board appointed Adrian Wilburn as reserve wrestling
coach and Ron Prozanski as middle school wrestling coach.
The board approved the hiring of Kayla Crank to a one-year
position as a special needs aide at MES. The position is to
be funded by ROD.
The board approved a maternity leave request from Brandy
All board members were in attendance. The next regular session
of the Milan School Board is scheduled for Monday, November
21 at 7:00 p.m. at the administration building.