EDUCATION MATTERS #21
By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent
It is May and the month of May is always a VERY busy time in schools. Today, 5/5/16, several of our students are enjoying various field trips – to Kirksville and Kansas City. We also have other trips to St. Joseph and Hannibal. These experiences are priceless for our students and as a school; we are extremely proud and happy to provide the opportunities to expand our students’ ‘horizons’.
If you have driven by the school in the past few weeks, you have seen a large ‘expansion’ lift sitting in the front lawn or expanded up near the roof. This is part of the 1st year of Phase One (1) in our long-range master facility plan. Throughout the next several months, the following tasks will be completed:
- Tuck-pointing throughout various areas on the High School building;
- Roof repair on the High School building – including, but not limited to: patching areas on the roof, extending the cover over the parapet walls on the edges, re-fastening the vents throughout various areas on the roof and other minor repairs need on the roof;
- Removing the vents or louvers under the windows and installing brick/mortar in-fill – this will address some of the water penetration throughout the areas where the vents/louvers are present;
- Installing forty-nine (49) windows – the windows on the north and south side will be removed and replaced – the current windows were installed in the early eighties and are ‘residential’ windows. The new windows are ‘storefront’ windows, with operable sections on the bottom portion of the system.
The idea behind beginning the renovation process in this manner is ‘two-fold’: 1) to address the ‘building envelope’ issues prior to intensely beginning the renovations inside the building; and 2) to realistically address the renovation scope – due to the building’s age, there are a multitude of unknown variables and it is in the district’s best interest to start ‘small’ regarding the renovations – then increase the renovation scope next summer (2017). The current gymnasium will also be re-painted this summer as well.
The New Construction component under Phase One (1) is still under development. There are a variety of options and selecting which avenue to travel is the challenge. With the renovation of the HS building, the ideal new-construction option is to address the cafeteria and/or competitive gymnasium needs. Progress is powerful!
The Class of 2016 will graduate from the Milan C-2 School District on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 in the Milan C-2 Gymnasium. The ceremony is to begin at 7:00 p.m. The last day of student attendance for students in grades Kindergarten through 11th grade will be on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, with a dismissal at 12:45 p.m. Summer School will begin on Monday, May 23rd and run through Monday, June 20th, 2016.
As we conclude another school year, I want to offer a few words regarding the fundamental impact a school has on individual communities. In most towns or cities, the public education system is a crucial element within the community’s development and progress. Some would even say that a school is a profound representative of a community’s priorities – this school and community is no different. After my second year in this great school and great community, it is obvious that the school and community are profoundly linked. The school is continuing to strive to improve as educators and will push for excellence in all things. My personal mission is to serve the community by leading the school to new heights of achievement – academically, athletically and as a positive ambassador for the students! Thank you for your efforts and please, do not hesitate to contact me with questions, comments or concerns. My email address is email@example.com and phone number is 660-265-4414 Ext. 5.
Remember, every day is a GREAT day to be a MILAN WILDCAT!