Archive for July, 2010

Highlights from 7/15/10 school board meeting

July 15, 2010

Here are the key happenings from last night’s board meeting:

  • The district saved 3%, or $1.8 million, in expenditures versus budget for fiscal year 2009-10.  This was offset by revenue decreases of $750k.  Total increase to the cash balance versus year ago from budgeted items and the additional savings was $2.8 million.
  • Construction at the high school is coming along well.  Many areas are nearing finish, and the construction company is several months ahead of schedule.  There should be no problem with having student areas ready for school on September 7.
  • Dan Yeager was hired as the new Junior High Assistant Principal.  He comes to us from Forest Hills.
  • The Business Advisory Council (BAC) has had its first meeting and discussed the tasks assigned by the board.  These are:  1) developing a program to help students learn about careers and develop skill sets needed for the workforce; 2) evaluate items recommended by community groups through the years as to their applicability to the district today; and 3) evaluate the cost effectiveness of turf for the football field.
  • The board approved a policy to allow out of district students to attend Milford if there are spots in existing classes/programs that are not currently filled.  Approval is subject to certain criteria.  These students will cost the district only for incremental supplies, but will bring in about $6,000 each.  The policy will also allow us to receive funds for staff children who are already attending.  There are currently 13 of them, resulting in additional income of $78,000 immediately.  Other families have indicated an interest in Milford.  These are families who are interested in the high level of education Milford provides.
  • The board accepted a generous donation of $5,000 from Coldwell Banker West Shell.  The donation is to support the Eagle Explorer Summer Camp, a program for at-risk elementary students.