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EDUCATION MATTERS #46

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

“STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE IN EVERYTHING”

​The month of July in the ‘education’ world is significantly different than other months.  I am frequently asked about my job during July and my common response is that the month contains a different time of busy-ness within the school.  Often times, it is one of the most stressful times of the year.  The month of July is really the only month that ‘school’ does not take place – every other month has staff-students present.  This means that our Custodial-Maintenance Team is fervently working to complete various maintenance tasks, clean-wax the floors, paint numerous areas throughout campus and a host of other needs – the Transportation Team (Mr. Buell and Mr. Riddle) completes all annual maintenance on our eight (8) route buses, plus our four (4) additional buses – all in all, these MC2 Family Members work intensely throughout the month to prepare for the upcoming school year!  If you see ANY of these team members – please pause and tell them ‘Thanks’.  Without their tireless efforts in the month of July, our school would not function at high levels during the school year!

​This summer’s renovation work is ‘on-schedule’.  I am happy to report that the floors in all areas have been removed and nearly 30% of the new floor systems have been installed.  The door frames are currently being constructed and will be onsite during the week of the 9th for installation.  At the end of the summer, all rooms in the High School building will have received vast improvements!  Plans are being made to host an open-house for the community to come in and review the work prior to the school year starting on August 20th, 2018.  

​The district is starting a Milan C-2 Athletic Hall of Fame – the first induction will be publicized during the 2018 Homecoming festivities on October 5th, 2018.  A committee of former athletes and community leaders will be formed to assist in the annual induction process of the Hall of Fame.  The first induction to the group will be the 1993 Class 1A Football State Championship team – this aligns perfectly with a twenty-five (25) year reunion.  After this induction, the future inductions will be decided on by the aforementioned committee.  Anyone can nominate individuals for the Hall of Fame – as long as they meet the requirements:  five (5) or more years from graduation or accomplishment – for both teams and individuals, coaches must have been retired or gone from coaching at least three (3) or more years, Sports contributors may be nominated for specific contributions to the Milan C-2 Athletic Program andSpecial nominees may be considered by the committee for unique circumstances (Olympian, induction into other Halls of fame, etc.).  We are very excited about the future prospects with this process.  The Hall of Fame will be temporarily located in the lobby area of the Milan C-2 Gymnasium.  Please contact Mr. Tipton or me with questions.  The goal is to highlight and recognize the proud and profound contributions from the great tradition of Milan C-2 Athletics.

​The annual ‘Back-to-School Bash’ will take place on August 8th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.  The Milan C-2 Parents and Teacher Organization (PTO) is sponsoring the event.  Students/parents are encouraged to attend to receive information about the upcoming school year and participate in various fun activities to generate excitement!  This is the second year this type of ‘Carnival’ format is used and will be a replacement for the traditional ‘Open House’ process.  There may be tours of the newly renovated High School building.  Please check the school’s website or Facebook page for updates.

​As of today (7/6/18), I have met with six (6) groups/organizations throughout the community regarding the New Construction plan for the Milan C-2 School District.  The purpose of these meetings is to merely inform everyone on the specific objectives of the New Construction Plan.  A brief review of the priorities are as follows:  Increase student safety (stopping the regular classes in the separated modular building); Provide a much-improved cafeteria setting through the presence of a modern Commons Area (nearly doubling the size of the cafeteria – allowing NO lunches to start earlier than 11:00 a.m. – right now, Kindergarten through 2nd grade students begin at 10:30 a.m.); Create a Library-Media Center (LMC) that abides with Missouri’s expectations (current LMC is nearly 1200 square feet and the new LMC will be 3000 square feet); and the last priority within this plan is a New Gymnasium that will provide seating for 1000 observers for competitions and 1500 observers if/when the floor is used for seating (this will provide safer Physical education practices, allow the school to offer more Performing Arts options, make for a much improved setting for the extremely popular Milan Tournament and allow another large space for the community).  This project is projected to cost $4 million – these funds will be secured through a Lease Purchase loan.  The loan will run for twenty (20) years and depending on the interest rate – the annual payment will be $315,000 - $325,000.  Under the current revenue process, the district would fund ½ of the annual payment through this manner and the other ½ would be funded through a specific $.35 (per $100 of Assessed Valuation) Operating Tax Levy increase.  This option will be on the April 2nd, 2019 General Election ballot.  Again, my desire in meeting with all of these groups is to provide accurate information regarding the plan and I have at least five (5) additional meetings scheduled with other groups or organizations through July and August.  If you would like more information or have a group/organization that would like more information – please contact the Central Office and I will be there!  

​The 2018-19 School Year will be here before we know it!  I am personally very excited about the new year.  Our school will continue to make GREAT STRIDES to improve the educational setting for this outstanding community!  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns.  Have a GREAT July and no matter what – remember, Every Day is a GREAT DAY to be a MILAN WILDCAT!

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