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EDUCATION MATTERS #33

By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent

            Can you believe it?  As of today, 6/6/17, the district is currently half way through with this year’s Summer School!  It seems that yesterday we were in the midst of MAP Testing and the staff/students were eagerly anticipating the end of another School Year!

            The 2017 Summer School session will end on Monday, June 19th.  This year, the district enjoyed the highest enrollment ever!  This was made possible through collaborative partnerships with both the Green City R-I School District and the Grundy County R-V School District.  Last year we began inviting Green City to our summer school and this year, we expanded it to Grundy County.  It’s been a GREAT experience!  Thanks to the Green City and Grundy County schools for allowing the students to participate.  At its core, the Milan C-2 District’s Summer School Program is designed to be FUN, but PURPOSEFUL.  The students work through projects that engage higher order skills, plus incorporating enjoyable activities (creating slime, building paper air planes, blasting off small rockets, etc.).  The goal is simply to allow students to participate in tasks that may not be a part of the regular school year curriculum, but push students to think ‘outside the box’.  Throughout the Summer School session, the district designates each Friday as “Field-Trip Friday”, meaning that each Friday – the students in the Summer School program attend an ‘off-campus’ trip; they go to:  Chilli Bay, the Mud Cats ball park, Sears Lake for fishing and a host of other activities.  It is truly a memorable experience for ALL students! 

            The district is also in the SECOND YEAR of the FIRST PHASE of the Long Range Master Facility Plan.  Last summer, we replaced forty-four windows; repaired the roof; tuck-pointed the entire High School Building and completed some internal upgrades in the gymnasium.  This year, we are replacing the remainder of the windows (forty-seven windows total) in the HS building, plus removing and replacing the Heating-Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System in the HS building.  So far, the progress has been amazing and when the window work is complete this summer – the entire school will have NEW commercial windows!  There are approximately three (3) more years left in the 1st Phase of the Long Range Plan and after the HVAC is addressed – the rest of the renovations will consist of specific classroom renovations (including – new desks, flooring, walls, electrical upgrades, etc.).  After the end of this summer the district will have contributed nearly $1.8 million into the existing structures!  It will provide for a MUCH IMPROVED educational environment for our students and staff! 

            The district is also addressing the Field-House/Storage Building located on the northwest corner of the campus.  This building was originally constructed in the early 1980s by the former Building-Trades program and the condition of the building had deteriorated to a point where renovating the structure would not be in the district’s best interest.  This led the district to demolish the former facility and construct a new building on the same location.  This will provide a much better environment for numerous individuals associated with the district. 

            As you can tell with the previously mentioned physical tasks, there is a lot ‘going on’ within the district throughout the summer.  It is absolutely vital that the district continue to update, renovate and restore the facilities.  After all, we owe it to our kids!

            Next year, there will be a fairly large change to our District Leadership.  Last month, I announced that beginning in the 2017-2018 Academic Year, the Elementary will consist of students in Preschool through 6th Grade and the Junior High/High School will consist of students in 7th through 12th grade.  Mr. Jamie Tipton will serve as the assistant Junior High/High School principal and Activities Director.  Mr. Tipton will be a great addition to the ‘family’ and community as a whole! 

            Many of our organizations and sports have multiple events throughout the summer.  The High School Fall Sports season begins on Monday, July 31st, 2017.  All participants need to have an updated and current Physical Examination prior to the first practice. 

            Again, things are always ‘hopping’ at our school!  I will be announcing the other changes within our MC2 family in the coming months.  Have a GREAT June and remember – EVERY DAY IS A GREAT DAY TO BE A MILAN WILDCAT! 

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