Highlights from 10/17/13 school board meeting

Closing the gender achievement gap
It started with a stolen truck
Milford’s Teaching Professions program honored as “outstanding program”
Does size really matter?
Oct 2013 Five-Year Forecast approved
Extracurricular Update Oct 2013
Athletics Update Oct 2013

Here are the highlights of the Milford school board meeting last Thursday:

  • Kelli Ellison, Principal of Milford Junior High School, talked about bullying prevention efforts at the school.  We use the Olweus program, which focuses on changing the culture at the school to one of positive support.  Most recently, our school resource officer and Steve Smith, a former high school coach and teacher, presented to seventh and eighth graders on cyberbullying.After her presentation, I made everyone aware of a local program run by Alex Walter, an 11-year-old at Seton, who has started a bullying prevention effort called “End the Trend.”  Alex, who is Milford City Councilperson Laurie Howland’s daughter, decided to start this effort after being bullied herself.  Her Facebook page, End the Trend, shares information that is helpful to parents and students alike. End the Trend will be screening the movie Bully next Tuesday, October 22, 6:30 p.m., in the Harry Hodges Room of the Milford Municipal Building, 745 Center Street.  Pizza and soft drinks will be served as viewers watch this character-driven documentary that address the different facets of America’s bullying crisis.  Filmed over the course of the 2009-10 school year, BULLY opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied children, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders.This movie is not appropriate for young children, but junior high/high school children are encouraged to attend with their parents.
  • Stacy Mathis of Partners for a Drug-Free Milford Miami Township, along with a group of her students, talked about Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31.  This is one of the oldest and largest campaigns in the country against alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and violence.  One addition to this year’s program is Re-Do Day on Friday, October 25.  One hundred Milford freshmen and sophomores will come together to discuss their lives and open up to one another.  The event will be held at the Miami Township Civic Center.  More information about Red Ribbon week can be found here, and Re-Do Day, which was started in Warren County, here.
  • Jeff Johnson gave a construction update on the two new elementaries.  While it may not look like a lot is going on, things are happening behind the scenes.  The requests for proposals for the architects & engineers have been received; both Milford and the state will be reviewing them.  Jeff expects to have a recommendation on a team by the November board meeting.  Proposals for the Construction Manager at Risk are due October 30.  He expects to have this recommendation for the December board meting.Also re: the construction process, we will be holding two informational meetings, the goal being to gather input from the community on what’s important in building the two new elementaries.  The first is for Seipelt, this Wednesday, 10/23, 7 pm at Seipelt.  The second, for Boyd, is Tuesday, 10/29, 6:30 pm at Boyd.

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