By Allison C. Gallagher
Record Herald Writer
WEST MILTON – The Milton-Union Board of Education signed a calamity day alternative make-up plan on Monday. After the previous winter, the board wanted to ensure that school closings would not cause students to fall behind in lessons.
In the event of a school closing for calamity days, each teacher is required to develop a sufficient number of lessons that in the teacher’s judgment will be equal or greater to the amount of instructional time the student would receive for three school days in that teacher’s class. The teacher has full discretion to decide what order the lessons are to appear on the school website, and will update or replace those lessons as they see fit.
Students have a total of two weeks to complete the lessons, and if they do not complete the lessons they will receive an incomplete or failing grade from that teacher. The plan notes that for students who do not have a computer or internet access at home, they can complete the lessons within two weeks before, during or after school hours, with the same two-week window offered to them before receiving an incomplete grade.
According to school board president Sam Huffman, the calamity day make-up policy is standard for the district.
“There’s not much different in it from years past,” Huffman said.
The board also discussed the resignation of elementary school principal Jarrod Brumbaugh, who is taking a position at Northmont Middle School. Because of how late Brumbaugh’s resignation came in, Huffman said that the board was going to need time to find a permanent replacement, but currently has hired Jerry Baker. Baker is a part-time elementary supervisor and will fill the position with other teachers and supervisors rotating with him.
“We are glad that we had Brumbaugh,” Huffman said. “I believe that he came to us from a teaching position from Tecumseh, and this was his first principal job at Milton. He’s pretty young and decided to take on new opportunities at a bigger school.”
A place for the cupola
In other business, treasurer Kay Altenburger approved of donations for the pavillon and the 2014 Jocelyn Brock Memorial Scholarship. Shawn L. Brown and Susan F. Brown-Davis donated $3,000 to the scholarship, while board members Connie McCarroll and Jodi Minneman donated $500 each to the pavillon, which was recently erected near the former high school and Memorial Stadium.
According to Huffman, the cupola atop the pavillon is historical to Milton-Union High School.
“We salvaged the cupola from the wreckage when the old high school was torn down and decided to make a pavillon out of it as a memorial,” Huffman said. “It’s got sentimental value to the school and the town.”
McCarroll joked that she hoped the pavillon would not become a graffiti hot spot, and explained that its location was perfect for Friday night football.
“The pavillon was set up right where the doors to the old entrance was,” McCarroll said. “It’s a welcome to everyone who comes to see the football games, where people can meet and socialize together.”