Dr. Benway named to state position related to addressing needs of military-impacted students

Dr. Darcy Benway

O’FALLON – OTHS Superintendent, Dr. Darcy Benway, was recently appointed as the Illinois Commissioner for the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) by the Illinois P-20 Council, at the recommendation of Col. Leslie Maher, commander of the 375th Air Mobility Wing at Scott Air Force Base, and also with the endorsement of Dr. Cindy Doil, OTHS school liaison officer for Scott Air Force Base.

The Illinois P-20 council was established ten years ago to foster the collaboration among state agencies, education institutions, local schools, community groups, employers, tax payers and families and to collectively identify needed reforms to develop a seamless and sustainable state-wide system of quality education and support. A sub-committee of the P-20 Council is the MIC3. 

Each state appoints a commissioner to oversee the state’s implementation of the MIC3, and to serve on the national MIC3 commission. The Council of State Governments (CSG), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense, drafted the Interstate Compact in 2006 to address some of the educational challenges and obstacles that are unique to military-impacted students including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation.

OTHS Principal Rich Bickel made the announcement of Benway’s appointment during last month’s school board meeting, adding “Dr. Benway has been working very closely with Scott Air Force Base and our military families to support military-impacted students and to east their transition into OTHS, but also on a larger, regional level to ease the issues that military-impacted families and students face.”