News and Tribune

November 20, 2012

Jeffersonville High School assistant principal out

New charges filed in Clark County

By JEROD CLAPP
jerod.clapp@newsandtribune.com

JEFFERSONVILLE — Though his resignation and retirement were approved at the Greater Clark County Schools board of trustees meeting on Tuesday, former Jeffersonville High School assistant principal David Milburn faces two more felony charges in Clark County, according to an investigation report from Jeffersonville Police.

Milburn — who was put on paid administrative leave after it was discovered he was facing a felony charge of theft in Jefferson County, Ky. — had charges of theft and receiving stolen property filed in  Clark County on Nov. 8 after police said he sold a stolen iPad to a student at the school for $400 on Sept. 6.

Milburn held a job at a Walmart in Louisville, where he was accused of attempting to steal a tablet computer on Sept. 14.

The student and his father told Jeffersonville High’s school resource officer that the student purchased an iPad from Milburn on Nov. 1. According to the report, the student was approached by Milburn about purchasing the iPad on Sept. 5 during lunch and again the following day. The report says on Sept. 6, the student got  the money and met Milburn in the parking lot of the high school, where he exchanged it for a factory-sealed iPad in a Walmart bag.

According to the report, the Walmart store’s assets protection department confirmed the iPad as one stolen on Aug. 16, but Milburn claimed he sold it on Craigslist according to a Louisville Metro Police citation issued on Sept. 14.

Milburn submitted his resignation and request for early retirement on Nov. 9, one day after the charges in Clark County were filed.

The board voted in favor of passing the personnel report along with the rest of the consent agenda 4-1, with Becka Christensen, board member, opposing. Mark Pavey and Nancy Kraft, board members, were absent.

The board also reviewed two contract changes for superintendent Andrew Melin, which change how his tax-sheltered annuity is paid and when he meets eligibility for a one-year extension to his contract. The board won’t vote on those until its next meeting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Greater Clark Administration building.

The board also approved Melin’s IMPACT model, which builds upon some of the educational practices by the previous superintendent and implements a three-tiered intervention system based on performance and behavior of students.

Melin said while the district has done great things in the last three years, there’s still work to be done, especially in light of the Indiana Department of Education’s A-F accountability grades, which gave the district a C and three schools a D.

“Now we need to take our academic initiatives to another level, and this is how we get them there,” Melin said. “We’ve got to do a better job and more effective job of helping individual students by providing additional supports, and we believe this is the way to get that accomplished.”

The board accepted the model 5-0.

The board also approved the purchase of a new assessment program for literacy and math across the district.

Intended to replace two other assessment programs, initial cost of the program is $146,000 with annual costs of $56,000. Melin said the district spends more than $70,000 in annual fees on the two assessments it utilizes now. The board approved the measure unanimously.