Common questions about the Milford Schools bond issue

During this levy season, I have been asked a number of questions about the 4.7 mill bond issue the school district has placed on the ballot. I wanted to address the most common questions here; in addition, please visit the district website bond info (there are videos and lots of other sub-menu items), plus be sure to read the FAQs. Continue reading

Cost of proposed Middle School

There has been a lot of discussion about the cost of the proposed Milford Middle School and how that cost estimate increased from 2015 to now. Here is a look at these numbers in detail. Continue reading

Milford Schools Master Building Plan: How Did We Get Here?

In January, the Milford School Board voted to put a 4.7 mill bond issue on the May 7, 2019 ballot. The bond issue would generate just under $98 million to build a middle school to replace the current Milford Junior High School; build a 1,000-seat auditorium to be shared by the high school and new middle school; renovate part of the unrenovated section of the high school; replace parts of the roof and the HVAC in the high school; and replace/renovate several athletic facilities. This bond is not part of the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) partner program where the district would receive a percentage of qualified building costs (27%) back from the state. Continue reading

District continues to investigate changing school start times; option for juniors/seniors will be implemented next year

In April 2018, the Business Advisory Council (BAC) reported to the school board that moving high school and junior high start times later (ideally to 8:30 am) could provide significant health benefits to teens, whose circadian rhythms naturally lead them to a later bedtime and a physical drive to sleep later in the morning. Studies from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and even experiential data from school districts that have moved their start times support the benefits of later start times for teen students. Continue reading

Board approves resolutions to prepare for option of running bond issue in May 2019

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

Five-Year Forecast indicates Milford is in sound financial shape

A school district’s Five-Year Forecast is filed with the state twice a year – in April and October (the October filing is moving to November next year). The forecast is a planning tool to help districts understand financial trends. However, just like a home budget, a school district’s forecast is just that – a projection that will change over time. Nonetheless, the forecast is very helpful in giving us an idea of the financial health of our district. Continue reading