Highlights from 5/15/14 school board meeting

MHS track named “Bill Marran track”
May 2014 Five Year Forecast approved
Milford JHS participates in second Pay It Forward Day
MHS recognizes 2014′s Top 25 academic students
Sixth grade column contest teaches persuasive writing in fun way
Athletic Update

A tremendous amount happened not only at the May 15, 2014 school board meeting, but also the following Monday (May 19) and Thursday (May 22). Here are the highlights:

  • Dave Meranda and Nancye Bruck were recognized for their service to the Milford school district through the Athletic Boosters. These two impressive leaders have worked for several decades combined, working to help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the district and our students in a variety of ways – the most recent of which is the turf football field, the single-largest donation the Athletic Boosters have made.
  • Students in the Future Educators of America program were recognized for their accomplishments at the National FEA Conference. Read more here.
  • DECA students Gered Lockwood, Ben Saulnier and Madison Kemp were recognized as National Level DECA competitors.
  • Erin Gottsacker was recognized for being named to the Ohio Music Educators Association All-State Band, where she played First Chair clarinet.
  • The softball team was recognized for winning the first league championship in Milford School history. Click here to read more (along with a surprising report on sportsmanship from a Track & Field event).
  • The Milford Schools Foundation awarded its spring grants, bringing the total it has awarded in the years since its inception to over $181,000! This year, the Foundation awarded $21,900 in grants for a variety of items. Click here to see the grants that were awarded.
  • The Milford Schools Foundation has a number of events coming up. They will have their second annual golf outing in October; last year’s was very successful. Also in October, they will hold a jeans day for Milford staff, where staff can wear jeans if they make a donation to the Foundation. The annual Night of the Stars, a fundraiser, dinner and event to honor alumni, will be Saturday, November 1. The Wednesday before the winter break will be “funny dress day,” another in-school fundraiser. And finally, the Foundation is encouraging voluntary payroll deductions from Milford staff members to help support the organization that supports them.  Visit their website here.
  • Jeff Johnson, Operations Manager, presented an update on the construction project for the two new elementaries. Information, including sketches & floor plans, can be found here.
  • On Monday, May 19, the district held a public auction for Milford Main and Seipelt Elementary. No bids were received. The auction is the first step in the sale process for publicly-owned buildings; the district is now free to accept private offers and negotiate outside the public process. The district has already received one proposal and has heard of more interest.
  • At a special board meeting on Thursday, May 22, the board approved a new transportation contract. After opening the process through a Request for Proposals, Operations Manager Jeff Johnson received and reviewed three bids. One company did not meet the requirements of the RFP; the other two proposals, from Petermann and First Student, were both excellent and competitive. After a thorough review and evaluation, Mr. Johnson and Dr. Farrell recommended accepting the five-year Petermann contract. This new contract saves the district appr. $500,000/year vs. the current contract, and also provides more technology for our buses.

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