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Milton graduation will be Indoors in 2024

Jan. 25—MILTON — As opposed to recent years, Milton Area High School graduation will be held indoors in 2024.

Superintendent John Bickhart revealed the plans during Tuesday night's board meeting. Graduation is May 30.

During public comment, resident Bryan Hunter brought up an incident at a recent Milton at Jersey Shore basketball game, where there was a fight that began between two players and subsequently involved parents and coaches.

Hunter has a son on the team. The son was not involved in the incident, but the elder Hunter was the only one charged by Lycoming Regional Police with disorderly conduct. Hunter questioned why he was charged because he was trying to break up the fight.

In response, Bickhart did not specifically comment on Hunter's remarks, but said he deplored the incident.

"We will not tolerate such behavior," Bickhart said

Much of the meeting time was devoted to a discussion of grades 6-12 data and scheduling led by high school Principal Andrew Rantz.

The idea of considering four blocks of 82-minute classes or eight 45-minute periods in middle and high school all had the ultimate goal, said Rantz, of "maximizing resources." That is, "we want to increase the amount of time teachers are teaching."

Whatever is decided, Rantz said, "it will have no impact on staffing."

Also in the meeting, the board approved the hiring of guidance counselor Holly Rorke at a salary of $67,497, pending clearance and certification. Rorke will work districtwide, pre-K-12, and special education, pre-K-8.

Business Administrator Darren Tull was recognized with a Panther Prize award.

The board formally accepted head football coach Curt Zettlemoyer's resignation.

Also resigning was William Rearick, seventh grade boys basketball coach.

Matt Wilson was hired as seventh-grade boys basketball coach at a salary of $4,513.

The board approved the resignations of retiring teacher Paula Cooper, 35 years in the district, and librarian Karey Killian, 10 years in the district. Both resignations are effective end of May 2024.

The meeting began with January Citizen of the Month Kinsley Hupp, a fourth-grader at Baugher Elementary School, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

High school student Wyatt Ficks was recognized as the Rotary Student of the Month. Outstanding senior was Nathan Fink.

The district Students of the Month were Skylar Tilman, fourth grade, White Deer; Ellen Reich, first grade, Baugher; Kylie Schrock, seventh grade, middle school; and Maria Painter, 12th grade, high school.

There was a 70-minute executive session during the meeting as well.