Archive for December, 2009

Keeping in touch with the community

December 17, 2009

On January 7, 2010, I am excited to say I will be sworn in as a Milford Exempted Village School Board member. I believe it is extremely important for board members to keep in touch with community members. I have plans for several ways to do this, and I’m sure other ideas will evolve during my term.

I will send my e-newsletter the third Friday of each month, the day following the board meeting. I will include key information from the meetings, as well as other things happening in the district and with the state. If there is something you would like included in one of my newsletters, or if you’d like to be added to the list, please feel free to email me.

I will also hold quarterly public coffees where community members can come for informal discussion. Some of these will be on my own; for others, I’ll invite fellow board members to join me. Just to be sure there is no question about following the Sunshine Law, I will not have more than 2 board members at a public coffee at any time.

During the campaign, I walked a number of different neighborhoods, visiting more than 500 community members in their homes. It was great to hear so much about what people are happy with and where they see opportunities for improvements, and in general learn what people are thinking. I’ll continue this practice (although I’ll be waiting until the weather gets a bit warmer) and choose a different neighborhood to visit each time.

Throughout my term, I promise to share my thoughts and perspectives on what is going on. We have a diverse school board with many different opinions. While sometimes school boards seem to be speaking “with one voice,” there are often many different opinions under the surface. I’ll be sharing my personal views with you, and of course the rationale for them. To be clear, just as when you are talking with any board member, these perspectives will be mine and represent my opinions alone. As single board members, none of us can speak for or make decisions for the board.

Feel free to email me or call me any time with questions, concerns or comments. I look forward to a great 4 years as one of your school board members!

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High school curriculum changes

December 17, 2009

High school students will see some changes in their course selection options for next year. Several curriculum areas have been revised either to increase offerings or meet evolving requirements.

Math is one area where there are changes to core curriculum. Students in the class of 2014 and on will be required to complete Algebra II by the end of junior year. They must earn 4 credits in math, including 1 credit in Algebra II. Students who complete Algebra II can then take either Algebra III or Precalculus.

Social studies will now include a new Financial Literacy requirement, which will be incorporated into the required senior Government class.

Mandarin Chinese is being listed as an option, either with an instructor or as an online option. The district is applying for grants to fund an instructor. Listing the course in the guide will help gauge student interest in the course and method of instruction.

Two additional Advanced Placement courses are also being added to our offerings: AP Art Portfolio and AP Psychology.