EDUCATION MATTERS #25
By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent
Hello READERS! My hope is that all of you are in the midst of an outstanding October. The fall season is now fully upon us – bringing beautiful scenery all around. There is NO substitute to the supreme beauty during this particular season.
Things at school are busy and exciting. Specifically, we are in the midst of a long-range facility plan to address the various areas within our TREMENDOUS learning organization. Last summer, we took the first step in this particular process: replacing forty-three (43) window systems, tuck-pointed the entire HS building, removed cast-iron louvers under the windows and replaced them with brick infill, painted the interior walls of the gymnasium (while updating our banners) and repairing the roof in various areas. The motivations behind these tasks were to deal with the Building Envelope. The next step is to begin more aggressive renovations of the HS building: replacing the remainder of the windows in the HS, replacing all or part of the Heating-Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems in the building, and beginning to renovate the interior areas of the classrooms/hallways on the north side of the HS building (including new walls, repairing the flooring, new doors, etc.). The board of education is fully committed to renovating the HS building and at this point, is not interested in pursuing any type of new construction. One of the primary challenges in any renovation is time and unfortunately, there is only about fifty (50) days to complete most of the renovation work in the HS building. The scheduling is absolutely crucial. The goal is that the board will be able to take action on bids/proposals in January of 2017; this would allow enough time for the vendors and contractors to order and prepare for the upcoming work. The community-based Steering Committee will meet on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 to further discuss and prepare for the facility needs within the school. I would encourage everyone to have patience, as the building has had no comprehensive renovations since it was built in 1925; therefore, it will take time. Please contact me with any questions regarding this issue.
For the first time, the students in grades K-6 will be able to participate in a CAREER DAY. Mrs. Tipton, K-6 Guidance Counselor, is organizing this event and it will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18th. There are twenty-one (21) careers being represented during this event. Students will be able to travel from one career to the other throughout this time. The students are excited and ideally, this will allow our students to begin thinking and planning for their future!
During the last week of September, the district celebrated its annual Homecoming activities. This was a great week, concluded with a Pep Rally on Thursday night – including the recognition of the following awards: Homecoming Queen was Senior, Angelle Zeigler; Mr. Football was Senior, Jaidyn Watts and Ms. Cheerleader was Senior, Sarah Wilson. We also honored the 1966 Milan Wildcat Football Captains – Mr. Randy Henness and Mr. Marvin Pipes – as Grand Marshals of the parade. I want to express my sincere appreciation to ALL of you that participated in the 2016 Homecoming festivities. Also, remember that the views, stances or opinions displayed by floats during the 2016 Homecoming Parade do not represent the views or stances of the Milan C-2 School District. The winners of the FLOAT competitions were: STUDENTS – 1st place sophomores, 2nd place seniors, and 3rd place freshmen; the COMMUNITY FLOAT WINNERS were – 1st place Milan Healthcare, 2nd place Smithfield, and 3rd place Milan Master Gardener Club. Thanks again to ALL that participated!
The first quarter of the 2016-2017 School year will end on Friday, 10/14/16 and the annual 1st Quarter Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, 10/20/16. School will not be in session on Friday, 10/21/16 or Monday, 10/24/16.
We, collectively, continue to work hard each and every day to provide the most dynamic educational experience for the children of this community. Our kids deserve nothing less. I ask that you reflect on what you can do as a patron, parent, alumni or former resident to improve this great institution. We will continue to focus on our BIG THREE: 1) Strive for STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT of excellence in EVERYTHING (athletically, academically, in ALL activities); 2) Improve the relationship between the SCHOOL and COMMUNITY; and finally – 3) Enhance the district’s facilities in a POSTIVE and RESPONSIBLE manner. Everything we do as a school is centered on these foundational principles.
Please do NOT hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns. I am here to serve and take that obligation very seriously. We have a DYNAMIC school that continues to progress our educational opportunities for the kids; but, we need YOU to assist us in the process. Thank you for your efforts, your feedback and your presence as members of the Milan community! Remember, every day is a GREAT day to be a MILAN WILDCAT! My number is 660-265-4414 Ext. 5 and my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Together, we WILL do GREAT things for our kids!