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

                Happy April!  This school year is surprisingly flying by.  Spring is fully upon us and we are seeing the Missouri changing weather on a daily basis.  I was informed of a snow blizzard in this region that took place during early April of 1973 – the pictures show several feet of snow and many power outages.  If you remember this endeavor or have been told the story of this situation – you know that April can bring some unique weather.  Hopefully, we can only count on a calm and pleasant spring season.

                The Milan C-2 School District will enter its annual testing sessions on April 19th, 2016 with the ACT Test for 11th grade students – the End of Course (EOC) and middle school grade level exams will begin on April 21st and run through April 29th.  The elementary students will begin their grade level/content area testing on Monday, May 2nd.  Ideally, all testing will be completed by Friday, May 6th, 2016.  Many individuals have a wide-variety of opinions regarding the status of standardized testing for students; but from my perspective, we must participate in these exams and if we have to do something, we might as well do our best!  Parents/Guardians, please try to ensure your children get a good night’s sleep prior to their testing sessions.  We will have snacks and the usual breakfast for them.  This process allows our students to showcase their progress as students in the Milan C-2 School District.  Last year, the district saw the greatest gains in student achievement throughout all of Northeast Missouri!  If you have any specific questions about the exams, please feel free to contact your child’s building principal.

                The district will also host its annual Track Meet on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016.  The field events will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the running events will begin at 12:45 p.m.  There will be middle school and high school students participating and fifteen different schools are scheduled to attend.  Hopefully, the weather will stay manageable.  Please make plans to attend and support our Wildcats!

                The annual Junior/Senior Prom is also scheduled for this month; specifically on Saturday, April 16th, 2016.  The Grand March will take place prior to the Prom at 6:00 p.m. in the Milan C-2 Gymnasium.  This will be a time when the participants will be announced and showcased, plus an appropriate time for parents/guardians/friends to take ample pictures of the students.  The actual Prom event will be in the Milan Community Center and will consist of a dinner/dance.  The Community Center will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for parents/patrons to take pictures and view the Prom set-up.  Tickets are currently on sale and if anyone has any questions about Prom activities, please contact the Milan High School office.

                The Milan C-2 School Board will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss and review options for the implementation of Phase One (I) of the Long-Range Master Facility Plan.  Phase One (I) will consist of a new construction component and renovations of the High School building over the next three (3) to five (5) years.  The specific plans for Phase I – Summer 2016 is to replace twenty window systems within the HS Building, tuck-point various areas within the HS Building, repair specific areas on the roof in the HS Building, paint the interior of the Gymnasium and remove the brick louvers and replace with brick in-fill (directly under the windows on the north and east sides of the HS Building.  The New Construction component is proving to be challenging as the previously listed goals (New competitive gymnasium with Commons Area/Cafeteria and New Library-Media Center) are projected to be more expensive than originally planned.  There are multiple other options – new five-six regular classrooms while renovating the existing cafeteria to a new Library-Media Center; or constructing a gymnasium with small commons/lobby area, etc.  During the special meeting, the board will take some time to discuss the options with the district’s consulting firm Facility Solutions Group (FSG).  The steering committee met for the 2nd time on Tuesday, March 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and toured the existing facilities, discussed options regarding the renovations/new construction; plus evaluating the district’s financial landscape as it relates to facility improvement opportunities.  The committee will meet again in late May 2016.  It is expected to have ‘hurdles’ in any process of this magnitude; but we must ‘stay the course’ and work to improve the educational opportunities for the students in this community.  Our current facility presents several educational limitations and my role as the leader of the school is to do all I can to improve the educational process.

                If you have any questions, comments or concerns about anything related to the Milan C-2 School District, please feel free to contact me at byocom@milan.k12.mo.us or 660-265-4414 Ext. 5.  You can also contact any of the district’s leaders with questions as well.  No matter what, every day is a GREAT DAY to be a MILAN WILDCAT!

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