Highlights from 8/20/15 school board meeting

Milford on strong financial path
Local control is key to success at every level
Visible Learning & Feedback: a new way to reach students
Mindset is a book well worth reading, at any age
Schools: state & local control, by George A. Lucas
District works with local businesspeople and community, by Debbie Marques
First day 2015-16!
Athletic Update

Below are other key points from the meeting:

  • The Business Advisory Council (BAC) has been discussing the possibility of turning the current Milford Public Library on Rt. 131 into a board office, and also best use for Milford South. They do not yet have a report and discussions are continuing. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact George Lucas for information on dates/times.
  • The board approved SMART Goals, which are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time-bound. This year’s SMART Goals focus on technology, student achievement, communication, and professional development. We will measure goal achievement in a variety of ways.
  • The board also approved revised Strategic Choices. These are designed to focus the direction of the district in a variety of categories: Professional Development; Communications; Staff Structure & Ratios; Funding; Technology; Curriculum; and Intervention. The goals were revised to be more specific to where the district is in each area.
  • Construction is coming along well, with everything currently on schedule. Jeff Wyler was generous enough to lend the district use of his drones to take pictures of the Seipelt & Boyd construction sites. Links to the videos are: https://youtu.be/kTHSsLRNAHA and https://youtu.be/0I3HoChEFv4.
  • The district approved adding three new clubs: at the high school, the Mock Trial and Debate Team; and at the elementaries, the Elementary Robotics Club. These clubs align with curriculum and developing 21st Century Skills in our students, and were also approved based on interest.
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Local Control is key to success on every level

Earlier this month, 41 regional school districts announced formation of a “Local Control” advocacy group. Milford Superintendent Dr. Robert Farrell has been involved with the group since its inception last winter; he was also one of the superintendents who spoke at the press conference announcing the group. Read the media release here: Greater Cincinnati School Advocacy Network. Continue reading

Visible Learning & Feedback: a new way to reach students

Last year, a group of Milford administrators and teachers and began exploring a new approach to improve student achievement. At the August 2015 board meeting, high school English teacher Kirstie Rheinheimer and Mulberry second grade teacher Adam Samuels presented the key findings on a new approach called Feedback. Continue reading

Schools: State and Local control

By George A. Lucas, Member, Milford School Board and candidate on the ballot this November

Every storm starts with a gentle wind then unexpectedly you’re in the middle of a tornado.

In reading H.B. 70 one would think the focus is on finance and management of schools. The reality is masked by layers of a bureaucratic thirst for control. The state education system has been tweaked and twisted by every governor for the past 50 years. Continue reading

District works with local businesspeople & community

By Debbie Marques, former Member, Milford School Board and candidate on the ballot this November

On Monday, August, 24, I attended the Business Advisory Council (BAC) meeting. The main agenda item was reviewing the extensive research around options for the Administration/Board of Education office. Continue reading