EDUCATION MATTERS #6
By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent
Another month has passed and as usual, a lot is taking place within the Milan C-2 Family. The winter activities are in the ‘home-stretch’ and the idea of spring weather is popping up in everyone’s mind. Before we know it, the flowers will be blooming and the greenery will surround us.
Throughout the month of February, the district is continuing its efforts within the eValuate Assessment Program. Students and staff have successfully completed one round of testing and will continue through the process each month. The results will continually assist us in preparing the students for the upcoming Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). Students in grades three through eight will participate in the new testing format; students in grades nine through twelve will continue to take the traditional End of Course (EOC) Assessments as they have in the past.
A special recognition to those that participated in the first annual Milan’s Got Talent-Talent Show; the talents displayed in the event were impressive and I hope more acts enter for next year’s event. There is some amazing talent within the Milan C-2 Family!
The Community-School Improvement Committee (CSIC) supported a ‘Family-Fun Night’ on Thursday, January 29th in the districts cafeteria. Over sixty individuals attended this event and great feedback was obtained. It was a great way to have a lot of fun for both parents and their children. Ms. Cristina Landa and Mrs. Sarah George, teachers at Milan C-2 Schools, planned and administered the event. They did a great job!
During the week of February 23rd, the Varsity Boys and Girls basketball teams will begin the annual District Basketball Tournament. The tournament will be played at the Schuyler County R-1 School District in Queen City, MO. The girls will play Monday, 2/23 at 4:30 p.m. and the boys will play on Tuesday, 2/24 at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to travel and support our basketball teams.
Due to inclement weather, school was canceled on Monday, February 2nd. The Makeup Date for this canceled day is Monday, April 6th. Remember, school was canceled on January 7th and the Makeup Date for this day will be Tuesday, February 17th. Feel free to contact any of the offices at school with questions.
The current high school building has been in use for many years and is in need of various renovations/upgrades. Prior to planning any type of renovation, the structural integrity of the building must be evaluated. We are currently researching various opportunities to obtain a ‘Feasibility Assessment’ for the High School building and gymnasium. The primary motivation is to make sure the district gets the absolute most out of the existing buildings.
One of my primary tasks is to ensure the school effectively communicates with the community. Since July of 2014, we have instituted a revised District Website (www.milan.k12.mo.us) and established a district Facebook page. We are continually looking for ways to improve our communication efforts.
The school district receives funding from four primary sources – State funding (MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or DESE), Federal funding (Title I Reading/Math, Special Education Part B, etc.), and Local funds (Current taxes, Delinquent taxes, Proposition C funds, State Assessed Utilities, etc.). The State funding encompasses over half of the district’s total revenue and the state funding is tabulated based on the district’s enrollment. School district’s enrollment is figured utilizing a formula to identify the Average Daily Attendance (ADA). In the past five to six years, the district’s ADA has decreased by approximately twenty-five points; leading to a decreased funding amount for the district’s largest revenue source. Essentially, it is paramount that the district continues to evaluate expenditures to ensure maximum efficiency and prudency of the available resources.
Please feel free to contact Milan C-2 Schools with any questions, comments or concerns. As I have said before, the community makes a school and without community support or involvement – it is very difficult to effectively educate the students. Thank you for making Every Day a GREAT Day to be a MILAN WILDCAT!