What makes an effective school board?

We have five elected officials on the Milford school board who represent the residents in helping decide our district’s direction. What makes for a competent board, one that will allow the district to operate most efficiently? I believe the following are the most important traits in effective school board members: Continue reading


Milford Schools class sizes just right

By Debbie Marques, a candidate for Board of Education on Nov. 3. Debbie was a member of the Board for two terms, from 2006 to 2014, and served as president for two years. For more information about Debbie or to contact her, please visit marques4milfordboe.com.

Class size is always a concern for parents, especially for those with children in grades Kindergarten through 6. The District just released the class sizes for this school year and they are well within the recommended class size. Continue reading

To grade or not to grade? Or is that the question?

By George A. Lucas, Member, Milford School Board and candidate on the ballot this November. Website: www.lucasformilfordschools.com

Our student grading process, much like the educational process, has evolved to identify a measurable level of skills and abilities to ensure best chance for individual success in life. The word “measurable” is subjective and denotes a graduated scale created by those qualified to compare – which in and of itself is subjective. Hence, “the eye of the beholder” rings true. Who is to say someone or anyone is more or less qualified to measure? Continue reading

BAC recommends moving board offices to Rt. 131

The Business Advisory Council (BAC), under the direction of Chair Chris Hamm, was tasked with making recommendations on what the school district should be doing with Milford South and the board offices, which are currently housed at South. One consideration is the district will be receiving the current Milford branch building of the Clermont County Public Library. The library system had approach the school district a number of months ago, asking for a land swap: a piece of unused property from Mulberry Elementary in exchange for their land & building on Rt. 131. Continue reading

2014-15 Quality Profile is impressive overview of Milford school district accomplishments

For the past several years, Milford has developed its own “report card” that outlines the accomplishments of the district over and above test scores and other standard measures tracked by the state. Two years ago, a coalition of districts joined Milford by creating what is called the Quality Profile, a look at academics, arts, athletics, and other successes across each district. This year, over 60 Ohio districts participated in the Quality Profile.

This year’s Quality Profile can be found here. It is a wonderful snapshot of the successes of the Milford School District over the past year. Also created this year is a video featuring some of our students and staff:

Highlights of 9/17/15 school board meeting

BAC recommends moving Board offices to Rt. 131
2014-15 Quality Profile is impressive overview of Milford school district accomplishments
Board passes resolution in opposition to loss of local control
What makes an effective school board member?
Milford Schools class sizes just right by Debbie Marques
To grade or not to grade? Or is that the question? by George A. Lucas
Athletic Update September 17, 2015
Extracurricular Update September 17, 2015

The following are highlights from the September 2015 school board meeting: Continue reading