EDUCATION MATTERS #10
By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent
Greetings from the Milan C-2 Family! I hope each and every one is enjoying an outstanding summer and no one has been negatively impacted by the massive amount of rain the community has received in the past few weeks. A few days ago, a farmer told me that they could actually use less rain – to me, that is truly a sign that we have had a lot of rain. I cannot remember a farmer ever making this type of wish.
Summer school began on Tuesday, May 26th. We have approximately 390 students participating in this vibrant program! Each week students are able to take a field trip to various enjoyable locations and throughout the week, most of the students are participating in action-packed, hands-on educational activities. Students are also able to obtain various incentives for their respective attendance percentages. We have also had several students attend our summer program from other schools/communities – Grundy County Schools and Green City Schools make up the most of the visiting students; it is absolutely awesome to have these students attend this outstanding program. The session will end after twenty (20) days on Monday, June 22nd.
Along with Summer School, maintenance projects are also a significant undertaking during the summer break. Our Custodial/Maintenance Team continue to do an outstanding job preparing our school facilities for the upcoming school year. They have built temporary walls, repaired various items, and stripped floors for sealing/waxing and a host of other activities that must be completed for us to provide the best possible environment for our students in the upcoming school year. If you happen to see any of our Custodial/Maintenance team members, tell them they are appreciated. They do a lot of work that is rarely seen! One of the most long-standing Custodial/Maintenance Team members will be retiring at the end of June, 2015. Mr. Jessie Sayre has served the Milan C-2 School District since 1977 – that is thirty-eight (38) years! If you see him around the community – take time to congratulate him on his retirement and share your appreciation for his efforts to serve the community. Congratulations Jessie!
Even though our Custodial/Maintenance Team does an outstanding job with the buildings we have; our facility needs – particularly in the main High School building – continue to be a concern. As I have stated in previous reports, the district engaged with Facility Solutions Group (FSG) to assist in developing a plan to move forward with addressing our facility needs. They are going to evaluate the existing facilities, primarily the HS and Gymnasium, then compare it to the educational adequacy standards; after the comparison and analysis, they will compile all the data and present the school board with cost analysis, time expectations and other pertinent pieces of information regarding a situation of this magnitude. The education system in any community is a vital piece of its long-term success and viability; in order to provide the best possible 21st century educational environment for our students – we must evaluate the facilities. The technological hindrances, Science lab shortfalls, Library-Media Center necessities and small cafeteria size are a few of the primary draw backs we have. Please do not hesitate to contact me with ideas regarding the physical facilities of the school. After all, the school belongs to the patrons!
As the first year of my service to this community is coming to a close, I’m continually reflecting on various things – WE have made great strides in providing a better educational environment for our students; but WE still have a long way to go! Each resident of this community has a stake in the school (whether you have relatives attending school or not). The school in any community is typically perceived as a ‘snapshot’ of the community itself; our community is no different. In my years as a school leader, I have never viewed my service as simply serving the school; but serving the community. It is a TRUE honor to serve this community and please contact me at email@example.com with questions/comments. Thank you for making every day – A GREAT DAY TO BE A MILAN WILDCAT!