Board Trustee Milligan resigns seat

GLADSTONE – The Gladstone School Board is temporarily short one member following the approval of Board Trustee Bill Milligan’s resignation during the board’s meeting Monday night.

“He has some quality years of service with the district. His perspective will certainly be missed,” said Superintendent Jay Kulbertis of Milligan.

In a letter to the board dated Aug. 28, Milligan stated he was resigning effective immediately because he had taken up permanent residence outside the boundaries of the Gladstone Area Public Schools district. Only residents of the district may hold school board positions according to Michigan law.

“I am honored to have served with such fine, capable people such as (Kulbertis) and the rest of the Gladstone board,” wrote Milligan. “I look forward to being involved informally as a parent and a concerned citizen.”

Milligan’s term as a trustee on the board would have ended Dec. 31, 2014. The individual chosen to replace Milligan on the board will carry out the rest of his term.

“We’ll move forward with publishing that vacancy with the expectation that we’ll be filling that vacancy by appointment at our October meeting,” said Kulbertis.

While Milligan did not make an appearance at the meeting, the board did taken time to note his service.

“I’d like to thank Bill. He and I came in at the same time and I think there’s been a lot of positive changes that he was an advocate for and (he was) a big supporter for a lot of the changes,” said Board Vice President Paul Capodilupo. “I’d like to personally thank him for his service.”

Milligan served as one of the board’s two representatives for the Dual Superintendency Committee – a committee composed of Gladstone and Rapid River School Board members responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of the districts’ arrangement sharing Kulbertis as superintendent.

The board voted to appoint Board Trustee Steve O’Driscoll as Milligan’s replacement on the committee. He will be joining Board President Linda Howlett on the committee.

“Steve has been filling as the alternate and has attended the last couple of dual superintendency committee meetings, so he should have a pretty short learning curve,” said Howlett.

An alternate has not yet been selected to represent Gladstone at the committee meetings if Howlett or O’Driscoll are unable to attend.

In other business, the board adopted a consolidated business office plan with Rapid River. Under the plan, seven district employees will be housed at the Rapid River building providing services for both districts. The plan outlines which responsibilities each employee will be responsible for and whether the responsibility is to the Gladstone School District, the Rapid River School District, or both.

While the plan was officially adopted during the meeting, employees have been working in the Rapid River office since this summer. Each employee working in the office provides services to both districts.