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Board lets teacher go

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Anita Miller
The Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees officially released Anita Miller from her contract Wednesday night, during a special session meeting at North Clay Middle School.

Information from a Feb. 27 executive session, where attorneys for Miller and the corporation presented information to the board, was the basis for the board's decision, according to Superintendent Dan Schroeder.

Schroeder recommended the board to accept the information from the executive session hearing and proceed with terminating Miller's contract.

Len Fischer moved to accept the information, and Brian Atkinson seconded the motion.

Without discussion, the board voted 5-0 to cancel Miller's contract. Dottie Fischer and Steve Grigsby were not at the meeting.

Miller was at the meeting, but did not comment.

Miller, formerly a physical education teacher at North Clay Middle School, was arrested late Sunday, Jan. 13, and charged with public intoxication and public nudity. Melinda Ellis, who was with Miller at the time, resigned from her teaching post in the White River Valley School Corporation shortly after the arrests.

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All I can say is it's about time they wrapped this up. Now maybe they can drop it and the kids can get on with learning instead of trying to figure out what's going to happen with a teacher.

-- Posted by asil on Wed, Mar 5, 2008, at 9:43 PM

they are so very strict about drugs and alcohol in our schools, that maybe the school board should do drug tests before hiring a teacher as well as random tests during thier employment.

-- Posted by shanbilly on Wed, Mar 5, 2008, at 10:28 PM

I agree with you shanbilly, just about every place else have drug testing for employment. every one involved in the school system should be drug tested. along with random testing.They are teaching our kids, I work in a factory along with having to pass a drug test to get hired, we get random grug testing

-- Posted by pepsilady on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 1:19 AM

I do not understand how drug testing employees could have prevented this. She was on her own time when this occured.

I agree that it was a very poor choice but drug testing at work would not have stopped it.

-- Posted by madmom61 on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 11:13 AM

regardless if she was on her own time or not, random testing..she would have tested positive and could have been let go way before now. i am sure this was not a first time occurance, just the first time she was caught. how many other teachers are "teaching" our children under the influence? still say mandatory drug tests required!!!

-- Posted by shanbilly on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 5:29 PM

Come on! Not every teacher in our school system, or any other school system are teaching our children "under the influence". Just like any other industry 20% of the teachers go above and beyond the call of duty, 75% do exactly what is expected of them, and 5% are not worth the pay check they take home. But as a society we have made it difficult to release anyone from their duties. Before you critize the teachers of our community about their alcohol consumption, ask yourself how much you've recently consumed. I have always been taught that when you point your finger at someone, you have three pointing right back at you. As a society, I think we consume way too much alcohol. I do not condone the actions of Ms. Miller, but remember she is paying the price for her decion. Let's not make this about the entire teaching population, and about the one that made a very bad decision. Justice has been served, no matter how late our "wonderful" school board took to arrive at their conclusion. (Six weeks to read a police report, hear Ms. Miller's side, and arrive at a conclusion--talk about a waste of tax payer's money)!

-- Posted by Partrosie on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 6:05 PM

Maybe I missed something in this story, but what I understood was she was drinking. I didn't hear Anita was charged with any drug charges. So drug testing would have told us she would be drinking at home and leave to help a friend and get upset and try to pee in the road? I don't think so, she was wrong and made bad decisions, that doesn't give us the right to judge her or accuse her of drugs. We have a fairly good group of teachers, just like any place of employment, a good bunch with a few bad ones. I don't believe she deserves the verbal abuse she has encountered over this. As a good person have you never made a bad decision? I don't believe that this has made a major effect on the kids, if any it is an example for what they shouldn't do. I hope her future is brighter and this doesn't haunt her forever.

-- Posted by mamawpam on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 5:05 AM

I am glad someone else wondered how drug testing at work would have effected her drinking on a Sunday??? Last I knew drug testing tested drugs and I do not believe that Ms. Miller had any drug charges.

And as for being under the influence at work... was she working that Sunday night??

-- Posted by madmom61 on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 8:03 AM

This teacher was awesome..... one of my favorites when I went to North Clay. Her decision was bad but, how many people in B-town do you know that have never tried drugs or never gotten drunk. I mean seriously, this teacher deserves a second chance.

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 6:57 PM

NorthviewGirl.....I mean seriously, you might be surprised as to how many people in B-town are actually law abiding citizens who have not tried drugs. Miller's grave problem was not that she drank too much, but that she decided to "take a squat" in public. I personally do not believe teachers must be held to higher standards than others. I believe people should be treated equally, regardless of the job they hold. But the truth is, her job puts her in a situation where the public demands that she be better than they (except for when it comes to her salary and benefits). Miller should have been aware that teachers simply cannot not be caught in public in a drunken state. Unfortunately, she used extrememly poor judgment that day and risked her job and status in the community. Life is full of choices, and she made a bad one. Every choice made has an outcome, be it positive or negative. Like it or not, teachers are role models. Good teachers do not always make good role models just as good role models do not always make good teachers. It is indeed unfortunate that Miller lost her job, but she should have thought about the impact of her decision to venture beyond the walls of her home in such a state. I hope she learned a valuable lesson.....think before you drink!

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 9:43 PM

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