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What’s Your Intention

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Millington Municipal School Superintendent Dr. David Roper reads a portion of the process for teaching filing letter of intentions at Millington Middle School.

Millington Municipal School Superintendent Dr. David Roper reads a portion of the process for teaching filing letter of intentions at Millington Middle School.

Millington Municipal Schools Superintendent Dr. David Roper started his rounds to the system’s four schools Feb. 7 at Millington Elementary.
His second stop was to Millington Middle School last Monday with Wednesday trips to E.A. Harrold Elementary and Millington Central High School planned. The reason for Roper’s visits was to meet with the teachers at the school about letters of intentions.
“The purpose is so that the certificated staff from each school can hear directly from me what their rights and privileges are and that we have a plan in place to make sure those are not diminished,” Roper said. “So they can then express their intent to if they want to come from being a Shelby County employee to one of our staff members. How the process works for them to express that.”
In addition to Roper delivering letters of intent to current Millington school staff members, the system started getting the process of getting letters of intent out to current student’s parents and guardians.
“We’re hoping those can go out by the middle of this week sent home from the schools to the parents or guardians of our students,” Roper said. “Then we’re going to be asking the parents to get those to us within the next week after that.”
Roper is still out and about in the Millington area after his letter of intention meetings. This Thursday he will attend a Lucy Community meeting at 6 p.m. at the Lucy Baptist Church. The meeting will give parents and guardians of children outside of the Millington district a chance to be informed about MMS and attendance of the schools.
During Roper’s meetings with the teachers, information was one thing the staff members were seeking. For an hour at Millington Middle School, Roper fielded questions about pay, employee policies, hiring, administration pay, staffing, athletics, curriculum and when will the first day of school be for 2014-15.
Roper reminded the instructors that Millington schools will be funded partly by the sales tax increase and federal and state contributions.
The deadline for teachers to return their letters of intention is March 7 to the MMS central office located in the IDB Building.
Roper said once MMS starts to get numbers on teachers and students rolling in, it will answer several of the teacher’s concerns.
“It’s very important because student enrollment and being able to get a good projection on that determines what type of funding we will get,” he concluded, “and the funding is going to determine the number of teaching units that are earned and the staff will be determined from that.”

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