Archive for March, 2010

Highlights from 3/18/10 school board meeting

March 19, 2010

A number of issues were addressed at last night’s school board meeting.  Here is a summary of key points – please contact me if you’d like more information on anything:

* Summer school programs and costs were approved.  There are options at the elementary, JH & HS level.  Summer school is open to residents of the MEVSD school district first (any resident, not just Milford School families), and extra spaces will then be offered to those from other districts.

* The board passed a resolution to seek a waiver delaying implementation of the requirement to provide all-day, daily kindergarten, on the basis of funding and space constraints.  The current best estimate is that all-day, daily kindergarten would cost $3 million.

* A survey is currently online asking for community perceptions of gender differences in learning.  This survey was developed by a committee started last year that is exploring gender issues. To take the survey, click here and enter code GS-Comm.

* The district is a semi-finalist for a grant that would bring a Chinese language teacher from China to Milford on an exchange program; more info to come.

* A program with a high school in Vietnam is proceeding as high school students from Milford talk with their Vietnamese counterparts via Skype this year.  Next year, the two schools will study The Great Gatsby together.

* The board had a second reading of policies for the Business Advisory Council and Flex Credit, and a first reading/discussion of a revised policy on Hazing/Bullying.

* The board unanimously approved Jeff Lykins as Chair of the 2010 Business Advisory Council.  Mr. Lykins and Superintendent Dr. Farrell will now begin the process of identifying Council members.  If you are interested in serving, please contact Dr. Farrell.