Highlights of 1/21/16 school board meeting

Milford students performed well on last year’s revised state standardized tests
New technology will enhance student differentiation & achievement
City of Milford buys property from Milford Schools
BAC recommends selling Milford South
Athletic Update
Extracurricular Update

Highlights from the board meeting follow here:

  • At our organizational meeting in early January, the school board elected Gary Knepp and George Lucas as president and vice president for 2016. I thank you all for the opportunity to serve as president for the past two years – it was an honor to serve our community in this role.
  • Pattison Elementary fifth graders created a video for the Scotties Trees Rock video competition – and they are one of 10 finalists in the nation! They need our votes to win $10,000 for Pattison, so please help them out. Go to scottiestreesrock.com, enter your email, and vote for Pattison. You can vote daily, so please help them out!
  • The Business Advisory Council finished their evaluation of Milford South, where the Board of Education and Administrative Offices are currently located. The Council will receive its new assignment at the public meeting on January 28.
  • The district is currently 1.4% under budget, which is a great place to be financially at this point in the fiscal year. We have applied to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) for the final phase of the Master Plan, which will include replacing the junior high school and renovating the rest of the high school. The district will go through its annual audit, led by the state of Ohio, which will be completed by March 30.
  • The school board accepted an offer from the city of Milford to purchase property upon which Milford Main is located. The city wishes the school district to abate and demolish the building and provide them with an empty lot. Their offer was for $360,000, which covers the district’s out-of-pocket costs for the abatement/demolition process. While the building and land had in the past been appraised for significantly more, the market drives the true value: the only other offers the school district received would have cost us out-of-pocket to transfer title.
  • The board also approved contract to abate and demolish Milford Main. This process will happen this winter, although the date is not yet set.
  • Construction of the two new elementary schools is on schedule. Both buildings are under roof and have temporary heating to help dry out the building and allow internal work to continue through the winter.
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