Longtime Ludlow School Board Member Resigns to Pursue Role as Deacon
Longtime Ludlow Board of Education member Bill McMillen resigned last Thursday.
He had served on the board since 1999.
McMillen announced that he plans to enter a three-year study program to become a deacon at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Covington. The rules for that program include a prohibition from holding elected office.
"Much as I have loved serving on the school board, I am going to do what I am called to do," McMillen told the board. "I am going to begin three years of study to become a deacon in the Catholic Church. So the Lord willing, and the creek don't rise, in three years I will be a deacon."
McMillen is a graduate of Covington Catholic High School and served in the U.S. Army for eighteen years, leaving as a major. He grew up in Ludlow and West Covington. His two sons and daughter graduated from Ludlow High School.
Board president Judy Lantry presented McMillen with a clock for his years of service, on behalf of the board, and he was given a standing ovation by everyone in the room.
The board will have to choose another member within sixty days. Anyone interested in the position should submit an application, which will be on the school district's website.
Adam Clary, special education director at Ludlow High School, gave a presentation on the new program in transition services for students who don't plan on attending college. Working with the Kentucky Department of Vocational rehabilitation, the students will learn how to write a resume, apply for a job, and have mock interviews for which they have to learn how to dress.
Clary told the board that many businesses in Ludlow have reached out to help with the program. For instance, students suggested that they make dog biscuits and sell them. They also suggested dabbling in photography, or creating tee shirt designs. Clary said the students are excited about the program, and are taking ownership.
The board agreed to raise the amount the district pays for a school resource officer. Superintendent Michael Borchers gave a report on talks he has had with Ludlow Police Chief Scott Smith, who is also serving as interim city administrator, and the result is an agreement to pay $43,000 instead of $40,000 for the SRO. However, Borchers explained that this is the last year for the current SRO, who is going to retire, and talks will resume with the city on who the police will hire to fill the position.
Depending on who the city hires, the price for the new SRO could go even higher.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor