EDUCATION MATTERS #18
By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent
Greetings Fellow Wildcats! My hope is that each and every one of you is experiencing an awesome winter season! As usual, many things are taking place within the Milan C-2 Family. We are ‘gearing up’ for the annual testing (Grade-Level and End-of-Course exams); plus evaluating the students’ performance on various intermediate and monthly assessments – then aligning the instructional activities to the feedback received during these exams. We are also furthering our strides to track ‘data trends’ as it relates to various objectives and areas. The elementary staff and students have done a marvelous job of setting realistic instructional goals and tracking the progress of meeting these goals, then celebrating the successes! Next time you stop in the school, check out the wall in the entry breezeway – it has charts and tables displaying the progress of the elementary students.
The Facility Planning is in the beginning stages and the Steering Committee held its first meeting on Thursday, January 28th, 2016. The attendees were given information relating to the Long Range Facility Plan for the school district. The next meeting will be on March 22nd. The plan will have three (3) phases. Phase I (over the next 3-5 years) will include the following: extensive renovation of the HS building (roof repairs, window replacements, tuck-pointing, HVAC renovations, improving the electrical capabilities, updating classrooms, hallways, etc.); construction of a new Library-Media Center; and the construction of a new gymnasium. The scope of the renovation for the first year will likely include: tuck-pointing, repairing the roof and multiple window replacements. Next year, the renovations will broaden to address the interior walls, classrooms, HVAC upgrades, etc. The construction of the new facilities is necessary for multiple reasons:
- Currently, the district has a small and outdated Library-Media Center; the technological demands from the 21st century educational environment call for increased exposure to various web-based resources, electronic books and an updated-welcoming and modern atmosphere. Unfortunately, our current Library-Media Center does not meet these needs.
- The district has only one (1) gymnasium and the current gymnasium is in such demand that scheduling for a variety of activities is extremely difficult. The ‘non-athletic’ demand for the gymnasium is also extremely high – every assembly, class meeting, choir/band concert, performance, etc. takes place in the existing gymnasium. It is the hub of the school district; not to mention the PE classes are combined allowing for 50-60 students in the gym for two (2) separate classes virtually every period throughout the day.
The current spatial needs of the district are met and the new facilities will be constructed to allow for additional facilities to be added on for expansion. Ideally, Phases Two (2) and Three (3) will provide for future additions and renovations throughout the next fifteen to twenty years. The current plans are to finance Phase One (1) with the district’s current fund balances and lease-purchase options. My stance since beginning my service as superintendent in this great district is that we must do something and continuing with no plan to address our severe facility needs is a great disservice to our students and community.
Due to school being cancelled on Tuesday, 1/19/16 – school will be in session on Monday, 2/15/16. This is a regularly scheduled make up day. Again, school will be in session on Monday, 2/15/16.
For the second year in a row, the district will not have a Board of Education election; as the two (2) incumbents were the two candidates that signed up for the board election. The two (2) incumbents are Mr. Jeremy Mosley and Mr. Harry Doak. They both will have three (3) year terms, beginning in April of 2016. Congratulations Mr. Doak and Mr. Mosley and thank you very much for your efforts!
The week of February 1st through February 5th is National School Counselor Appreciation Week. Our school is fortunate to have two (2) dynamic Guidance Counselors on staff – Mrs. Melissa Van Dusseldorp and Mrs. Mandy Tipton. Both of these individuals are great advocates for our students and possess a powerful passion for our school and community. Thanks to both of you for your efforts!
Please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Central Office – 660-265-4414 Ext. 5. We will continue to do GREAT things for our students and the community! Thank you for making every day a great day to be a MILAN WILDCAT!