EDUCATION MATTERS #9
By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent
Greetings from TEAM MILAN! The school year is winding down and a multitude of activities are taking place and will continue to take place throughout the remainder of the 2014-2015 School Year.
The annual High School Graduation Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m. in the Milan C-2 gymnasium. The Milan C-2 Family is extremely proud of these students – they have worked diligently to meet the requirements to successfully complete High School. While the traditional High School diploma may not have the same meaning it had thirty years ago, it is still an outstanding accomplishment. Congratulations Class of 2015!
The 2015 Summer School session will begin on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015. The district will engage with Catapult Learning to assist in administering the program. School will begin at 8:00 a.m. each day and end at 3:00 p.m. Students entering Kindergarten through eighth grade will be able to participate in enrichment activities, while students needing remediation in grades seven (7) through twelve (12) will be able to make up credit during the session. There will also be attendance incentives, daily and weekly drawings; plus each enrichment group will have the opportunity to participate in several field trips throughout the session. The deadline for students to sign up was on May 1st and to date, our total current Summer School enrollment is 390 students. Also, for the first time, several elementary students from the Green City R-I school district will be attending Summer School in Milan. There will be no charge for meals throughout the Summer School session; this is made possible through a grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MO DHSS); anyone eighteen (18) years old or younger is eligible to eat meals at school-they do NOT need to be enrolled in Summer School to receive meals. This is an outstanding benefit for our students in the community.
In April, the Milan C-2 Board of Education agreed to hire Facility Solutions Group (FSG) to assist the district in establishing a Long-Range Facility Master Plan. This is a crucial step in ensuring a positive future for our school district. FSG will complete a thorough analysis of the district’s current facilities – specifically the High School building. After evaluating the facilities, FSG will obtain feedback from various stakeholders regarding their viewpoints on the status of the district’s facilities. They will then compare the feedback with the assessment results and compile a list of priorities to be addressed over the next ten (10) to fifteen (15) years. A primary objective in any facility project is the cost and FSG will be able to provide cost estimates on the various identified projects. After the plan has been reviewed and organized, it will be brought to the school board for action – the board can then adopt the plan as presented or adjust the plan if desired. Our existing facilities, again – particularly in the High School, do not provide a solid ‘21st Century’ learning environment. I am obligated to do everything in my power to ensure we are providing or planning to provide the best possible learning atmosphere for our current and future students. If anyone has any thoughts or comments about the district’s facilities – please do not hesitate to contact me.
It’s hard to believe it, but this year is nearly completed. School will release at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19th – students will have the opportunity to eat lunch on this particular day. As I have stated multiple times in the past – thank you for your support of our school. Please feel free to contact me at the school with any questions/comments at email@example.com – remember, every day is a GREAT DAY to be a WILDCAT!
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