Highlights from 3/15/18 school board meeting

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Resolution Supporting School Safety
Resolution Opposing HB 512 (Consolidating the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation into a new state agency called the Department of Learning and Achievement)
Increase learning by taking notes by hand

Here are the highlights from the 3/15/18 school board meeting: Continue reading

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Resolution Opposing HB 512

Resolution Opposing HB512  (Consolidating the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation into a new state agency called the Department of Learning and Achievement)

While I have decided to support this resolution, I have significant concerns about how the Ohio Department of Education and the Department of Higher Education function. The ODE has been a source of frustration since I’ve been a school board member, and I’m sure long before that. Lack of communication, varying answers and interpretations, mandates that make no sense – those are just a few of the problems. Continue reading

Increase learning by taking notes by hand

How often do you write these days? I type almost everything, to the point where my handwriting (which was never exceptional) has gotten noticeably worse.

Yet while typing may be convenience (and necessary) in the business world, is it the best course for students who are working to learn and retain information? Perhaps not, according to a study published in Psychological Science. Continue reading

Resolution Supporting School Safety

Resolution Supporting School Safety

I agree with everything this resolution says – but I feel it’s the back end of what needs to be done. Without question, we need to be unrelenting about finding ways to increase safety in our schools. However, I feel we also need to take a step back and do more work on the real problem: what is causing the problem in the first place? Continue reading

Highlights from 2/15/18 school board meeting

Milford Schools to hold forum on safety
Can’t we work to find a real solution to mass shootings?
New Director of Fine Arts, Activities and Assistant Athletics position created
Superintendent’s Report

I was, unfortunately, a victim of the flu during the February 15 school board meeting, so I do not have much of a personal update this month. I am, however, attaching the monthly summary (BOENewsFebruary2018) from Communications Director Meg Krsacok, which provides a great overview of the meeting.

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Milford Schools to hold forum on safety

On Wednesday, March 7, Milford Schools will be holding a forum on safety in our schools. First, we will provide an overview of safety programs currently in place. Then, we will provide an opportunity for the community to share ideas or express concerns. Continue reading

Can’t we work to find a real solution to mass shootings?

Last year was the deadliest year for mass shootings in recent U.S. history, with 345 incidents recorded by Gun Violence Archive. As of today, there have been 34 mass shootings this year, five of them on school grounds during school hours – 55 days into the year! Clearly, something is wrong.

If we want to change this, we need to address the issue head-on, to find non-partisan, evidence-based solutions that will reduce the number of mass shootings in this country. Our national lawmakers continually refuse to appoint a special commission to investigate, or to change the law so the CDC can study this as a public health issue. So instead, how do we get this done? Continue reading