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.
Milford School District 2015 Average Class Size
Kindergarten: 19.6 (a.m.), 23.8 (p.m.)
First grade: 21.2
Second grade: 22.4
Third grade: 23.7
Fourth grade: 23.1
Fifth grade: 26.4
Sixth grade: 25.0
I have seen open enrollment mentioned as a factor in increasing class size in the Milford School District. This simply is not true. Students are accepted for slots in each Milford school and grade on a year-to-year basis. This is so the superintendent can manage where there is space for students within the District and plug in students applying for open enrollment accordingly. Open enrollment is actually a positive for the Milford School District for two reasons: it equalizes class sizes and brings in significant revenue.
When a District is set up in a neighborhood school format–like Milford–there is a good chance that each elementary school will have a different number of students in each grade level. Open enrollment allows the superintendent to fill in holes to try and even out the size of each grade level.
Open enrollment has actually brought revenue into the District because for the past few years, the money allocated by the Department of Education for each student ($5,800 per student per year in 2015, $5,900 in 2016, and $6,000 in 2017) follows the student. That is, if a student lives in the West Clermont School District but applies to Milford for open enrollment and is accepted, the money from the state for that student goes to Milford, rather than West Clermont.
The revenue received for open enrollment since it began in fiscal year 2011 has grown:
For grades K-12
The amount of revenue for this past school year–$857,403.00–is close to what would be one mill on the ballot. This helps further extend the length of time the District can go before having to come back to taxpayers for an operating levy.