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
Congratulations, Nancy House, Milford’s next superintendent!
Honoring Dr. Farrell
Students say goodbye to current Seipelt and Boyd buildings
Five-year forecast continues to look strong
Construction update from mid-May 2016
Following are the highlights from both the April and May meetings, since I was not able to publish a summary in April. Continue reading
As Charles L. Seipelt & Boyd E. Smith elementary students wrap up the school year, they are also saying goodbye to the buildings they have called “school home” for up to 7 years. Both elementaries are being replaced with new buildings, which will open in August for the 2016-17 school year. Continue reading
On May 16, Seipelt staff toured the new construction, and I got to tag along! Much progress was made in a month – it’s looking good! Teachers were excited to stand in their new classrooms and start measuring floor and cabinet space. For them, next up is the packing so their rooms can be transported over the summer! Continue reading