About Andrea Brady Milford School Board

Welcome! I have served as a board member for the Milford (Ohio) Exempted Village School District since 2010. My goal with this blog is to keep our community informed about what is happening in the district, as well as share information on education in general. Contact me at andrea @ andreabrady.net.

Highlights from 7/20/17 school board meeting

Seminar approach engages students

This summer has been fairly uneventful for Milford Schools, but the board did receive great financial news from our Treasurer this month! In fact, our year-end budget status is really the only notable news from this month’s board meeting. The district closed the 2016-2017 fiscal year 3% under budget (a little over $2 million in savings), and with income up appr. $1 million vs. projections (due to a number of factors, including increased real estate collections and income from commercial investments). Continue reading

Seminar approach engages students

Exclusive private school Phillips Exeter has used the Harkness approach to learning since 1930. This is a synergistic approach to problem solving and learning where teachers serve more as coaches or moderators, allowing students to explore subjects through discussion and collaboration.

This recent article discussed how Exeter was sharing the approach in San Diego recently, and asked the question: Can this approach be used in public schools with larger classes? Continue reading

Highlights from 5/18/17 and 6/15/17 school board meetings

May 2017 Five Year Forecast approved by school board
Athletic Update
Extracurricular Update

So sorry – I think last month was the first time in 7.5 years that I missed publishing articles for a monthly meeting when I was in attendance – but I guess it was bound to happen. So, I am making up for that now by including information for last month’s board meeting as well as this month’s. Below are highlights from both, as well as information from the special board meeting held on Monday, June 12: Continue reading

May 2017 Five Year Forecast approved by school board

In May, the board approved the Five Year Forecast. Treasurer Debbie Caudle has used conservative assumptions in both revenue and expenses. We do expect an increase in state funds in the upcoming biennial budget (2-year budget) – Milford has long been receiving less than our “fair share” of state funding, and the Governor has been working to achieve parity among school districts. Continue reading

Highlights from 4/20/17 school board meeting

Perfect audit, increased credit rating, millions saved for taxpayers
Homestead Exemption provides tax relief to seniors
Business Advisory Council seeking members
Ohio charter school funding questions continue
“13 Reasons Why” is difficult on many levels
Athletic Update

Extracurricular Update

Here are the highlights from the 4/20/17 school board meeting: Continue reading