Archive for June, 2011

Highlights from 6/16/11 school board meeting

June 17, 2011

Here are the highlights from the June 16, 2011 school board meeting.  I will be on vacation for the July 21 meeting, so a newsletter will not be released until August when I return.

Articles:

Class Ranking Policy approved

Being ready for college

Let kids rule the school

  • The Milford Schools Foundation presented six grants to MEVSD personnel.  Click here for a description of the grantees/fund uses.  In addition to these, Duke Energy (through the Foundation) awarded $2.5k to MEVSD for a Math Player to be used with the new secondary math curriculum.  Duke supports the Foundation for math and science needs. Grant requests may be made here.
  • Jamie Kuhn, an eighth grader, was recognized for placing third nationally in Reading on the ACT test for Northwestern University’s Midwest Talent Search.  She scored a 34 out of 36 in reading, an amazing achievement for an eighth grader.  In addition, Jamie is a young eighth grader, having skipped a grade in elementary school!
  • Junior Savanna Termuhlen, the first Milford 100 meter dash sprinter to qualify for the girls’ state track and field meet in Columbus, finished 15th in the state, running the 100 in 12.44 seconds. She also set two school records this spring. In the 100 she ran 12.2 seconds earlier in the season and in the 200 she ran 25.47 seconds. Savanna will be back next year as a senior and we wish her the best!
  • Gerry Levy, Director of Nutrition Services, presented an end-of-year report.  Some of the highlights of our food service program this past year include reducing expenses through staff reorganization, new equipment to accommodate more commodities, and moving offices to the Board of Education offices; and improving food offerings by using locally grown fruits & vegetables (plus some grown at the preschool), moving to more nutritious items at breakfast & lunch, and eliminating strawberry milk.  For next year, some of the things Ms. Levy will work on include: continue to improve food offerings, expand school gardening, expand biodegradable trays to all schools, and explore ways to share services with other schools.
  • Temporary appropriations were adopted for FY2012.  These appropriations reflect the savings achieved in the past two years, plus additional savings.  The board and administration’s goal is to identify savings on an ongoing basis to reduce the taxpayer burden as much as possible.
  • The Wellness Policy was approved with no changes from last month.  The Regulation, which describes the specifics of how the policy will be implemented, is described here.
  • Lynn Ochs, Technology Director, is resigning as of 7/31/11.  Ms. Ochs will be moving to the private sector.  She has brought a great deal of strategic vision to the district, helping us through the high school addition and in determining a plan for district technology.  She will be missed greatly.
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