Milliron steps down as Posen superintendent

POSEN – Posen Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dru Milliron has resigned to take another job.

The district board of education voted to release Milliron from his contract effective Monday. It also voted to appoint John Palmer as interim superintendent. He is currently serving in the same capacity for Vanderbilt Area Schools, and will serve both districts until June 30, board President Ken Wozniak said. He and the board will negotiate the terms of his contract.

Milliron will leave after working with the district for more than 20 years, nearly six of those as superintendent. When he started, he taught sixth- through 10th-grade science classes, and at one time served as a softball coach.

Milliron wouldn’t comment as to where or what his next job will be, but said he took an opportunity that couldn’t wait until the end of the current school year.

Palmer has served as the district’s interim superintendent before, Wozniak said. He did so for a time before Milliron was hired, and stayed on for a year afterward as a mentor of sorts.

“We’ve got (Palmer) from now until June 30,” he said. “Some time between now and then we’ll make a decision on whether to continue with an interim superintendent or to begin the search for a new one.”

In other business:

  • the board also accepted the resignations of Judy Romel, the eighth-grade girls basketball coach, junior varsity and varsity volleyball coach Erin Riopelle, and SADD sponsors Wayne Karsten and Kristin Werth. Milliron recommended merging seventh- and eighth-grade girls basketball, much as the boys team has due to the low number of players. Wozniak said the board’s athletics committee, which consists of him and board member Mitch Mulka, will look into it.
  • the district will explore online options for meeting foreign language requirements. Milliron told the board about two different companies providing online classes, one with teacher involvement and one without. Lansing Public Schools is using the former for three years, Milliron said, and the district superintendent told him it’s serving them well. He also told the board about bills introduced in the state legislature that would remove foreign language classes from high school graduation requirements.

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