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EDUCATION MATTERS #44

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

“STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE IN EVERYTHING”

May is here and before long, the summer season will be here!  May is ALWAYS a huge month in schools and this “May” is no different.  The Milan High School Class of 2018 will graduate on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Milan C-2 Gymnasium.  The last day of ‘student attendance’ for this year will be Wednesday, May 16th at 12:45 p.m.  This year, for the first time – the 6th Grade class will participate in a 6th Grade Celebration.  This will take place on May 10th, 2018 at 6 p.m., Mr. Hostetter will hold a meeting with parents prior to the Celebration to discuss various initiatives for students when school begins next year.

In April, the Milan C-2 Board of Education provided official direction on the next step regarding the Long-Range Master Facility Plan (LRMFP).  Since the summer of 2016, the plan has focused primarily on renovations and will continue this summer with more renovations.  The philosophy of the renovation projects is simply to provide an updated and modern learning environment for current and future MC2 students.  At the end of this summer, the High School building will have:  new windows, complete envelope repair (tuck-pointing and roof-repair), new HVAC system, new flooring system on 2nd/3rd floors, new interior doors throughout entire building and various wall repairs throughout the building.  Conversely, the New Construction component is the next step in the plan and the board directed the following:  new cafeteria/commons area/kitchen and new competitive gymnasium.  This will allow the current ‘Small Gym’/Cafeteria to be transformed into a modern/spacious Library-Media Center; plus, providing an opportunity to no longer use the Modular Building as current instructional areas (the movement of the Library and other areas will allow the classes in the Modular Building to move to the connected campus).  This change will address several ‘High-Priority’ needs within our LRMFP – Safety/Security (ceasing regular instructional classes in the separated modular building), improving the Food Service schedule (this larger cafeteria will allow the school to have 3 lunch shifts – as opposed to 5 lunch shifts; all lunches would start no sooner than 11:00 a.m.-right now, Kindergarten students start eating at 10:35 a.m.) and lastly, a larger area for multiple CURRENT and FUTURE activities (a larger gym area would increase the Youth Programs, additional activity/sport offering, greater choices for FFA, Speech-Debate, musical performances, etc.).  In May, the board plans to decide how the funding for this project will be obtained.  Currently, the projected amount for the entire scope of the NEW CONSTRUCTION is $4 million.  This project is the most responsible, respectable and reasonable action the school can take regarding the needs.  To better communicate the information, the Facility Steering Committee will meet again on May 29th, 2018; this committee has multiple representatives throughout the community.  If you have an interest to assist in any way or would like additional information – feel free to contact me.  Please remember, this action is merely a part of the Long-Range Master Facility Plan.

As a reminder, last month – the parents of students entering grades 7th through 12th grades were invited to receive information regarding two (2) big initiatives – 1:1 Process and Advanced Course/Dual Credit Process.  The 1:1 Process is designed to allow all 7th through 12th grade students an opportunity to use a Lenovo Chromebook for academic purposes.  Essentially, once students/parents meet various requirements, the students will be issued a device.  The device will be collected at Winter Break and then again at the end of the school year.  Teachers will create and implement activities that directly involve the Chromebook(s).  Everyone is excited about this massive step in continuing to provide the BEST possible setting for our kids to THRIVE!  The Advanced Course/Dual Credit (AC/DC) Process is an online setting for students to obtain College Credit through North Central Missouri College in Trenton and advanced courses through various online methods.  Students desiring either class option must meet the specific prerequisites and other requirements.  We are extremely excited about both of these opportunities!  They will be GREAT for our kids!

The 2018 Summer school session will begin on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 and run through Tuesday, June 19th, 2018.  Students entering Kindergarten through 8th grade will be able to participate in the Summer Adventure process; students in 9th through 12th grades will be able to complete Credit Recovery.  Mrs. Mary Jo Sawyer will again serve as the Summer School Director and students in the Summer Adventure portion will be able to participate in multiple field trips, as we have done in the past. 

Lastly, as we close another school year – I encourage EACH reader to take a moment to reflect on their involvement in public education – whether you are a current student, recent graduate, parent, grandparent, etc. – what does public education mean to you?  I would ask you to consider the quote from John Dewey, “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”  At my core, I am a servant and I first serve the students.  In order to effectively serve the students, we must do our best to PREPARE them for success not only right now; but success in the future!

Thank you for your support and do not hesitate to contact me with questions, comments or concerns.  My email address is byocom@milan.k12.mo.us or by phone at 660-265-4414 Ext. 1 – never forget, EVERY DAY is a GREAT DAY to be a MILAN WILDCAT!

 

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