Over the past few months, the Milford school board and administrators have been investigating options to run a bond issue in May 2019. This bond issue would replace the Junior High School and complete other construction work in the district. No decisions have been made yet – we are still researching and discussing – but in order to have the chance to run a bond next May, the board had to pass six resolutions at the November meeting. Continue reading
The holidays took over in December, and I never did get the 12/14 meeting information out – so here it is, along with this month’s update. Operations in the Milford EVSD continue along a strong and steady path – thanks to our administrators, who have directed us toward continuous improvement in both educational results and fiscal management, we have now had years headed in the right direction. Continue reading
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
Jeff Johnson, the district’s Operations Director, presented to the board on the condition of the high school track and the stadium visitors’ side bleachers.
The track, which was resurfaced seven years ago, is wearing in spots and requiring more and more repairs. Due to wear, the surface is an uneven thickness and does not have an acceptable slope. After a full assessment, Kleingers Group recommends replacing the track soon. A replacement will last 20+ years, with resurfacing needed periodically.
The concrete bleachers in the high school stadium, found on the visitors’ side, have also required quite a few repairs in recent years. The concrete is at a point where it is absorbing water, causing structural concerns. Roberts Engineering inspects the bleachers every year and says the rate of deterioration is increasing. They recommend replacing the structure or, at the least, coating the exterior with Gunite to seal out the moisture.
After evaluating, Mr. Johnson believes replacing the track and bleachers is the most financially responsible approach. Additional repairs will end up being more expensive than investing in replacements. The working budget for these items is $267,000 for the track; $672,000 for the bleachers (includes demo of old bleachers; 2,000 seat fully enclosed bleachers; press box; fence around bleachers).
The board discussed these two projects at the February meeting. Both items will be funded through the Permanent Improvement Fund, which is set aside specifically for repairs such as these. Mr. Johnson is continuing to gather information and look at options for both; he will present a final recommendation at the March board meeting.
Here are highlights from the 9/15/16 school board meeting: Continue reading
As we look to the future and the completion of the Master Facilities Plan (replace the Junior High School and finish renovating the un-renovated portions of the High School), a group of administrators, teachers, parents, community members, and school board members are going through a Visioning process – what does education look like for our students, to succeed in a global marketplace with technologies – and challenges – we can only dream of? How do we use our facilities to support the type and style of education needed as we prepare our students for this future? Continue reading