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EDUCATION MATTERS #32

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

                Greetings!  Time has literally ‘flown’ by.  It’s hard to believe it, but the school year will end next THURSDAY – May 18th, 2017 at 12:45 p.m.  The annual commencement ceremony for the class of 2017 will take place on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Milan C-2 gymnasium. 

Summer School will begin on Monday, May 22nd and run through June 19th, 2017.  The district will offer the same Summer School program it has had in recent years – the Summer Adventure program – with the same attendance incentives.  Also, for the past two (2) years, the district has cordially invited the students from Green City to attend its summer program and for the first time, the Grundy County school district is planning to send students as well!  This is an AWESOME opportunity to expand a powerful program to MORE students throughout the county!     

                Also – you may or may not be aware – but work has started regarding the current Field-House / Storage Building – located on the northwest corner of campus.  The intention is to completely demolish the existing building, and then reconstruct a similar sized building on the same location.  The new structure will serve as a storage area for our maintenance staff and a locker-room for the football program.  This is an exciting time for the Milan C-2 School District!

                The district is also starting the 2nd year of Phase One (1) regarding the Long Range Master Facility Plan.  This summer, we will remove and replace the remainder of the windows in the HS building; this is nearly forty-four (44) windows.  The second part of this year’s process will include a complete replacement of the existing Heating-Ventilation-Air Conditioning System (HVAC) in the high school building.  Keep in mind the HS building consists of nearly thirty thousand square feet.  Once this process is complete, the students and staff should have a MUCH more comfortable environment!  It will also provide the school with a greatly improved efficient system for both heating and air-conditioning!  The General contractor for the windows and HVAC is Sparks Construction out of Kirksville, MO.  We are EXTREMELY excited about the improvements this will bring to our school and ultimately the students.  Please take some time to check things out throughout the summer!

                Another change will take place in the Milan C-2 School District moving into next year – the district will no longer have a separate Middle School; but rather a Preschool through 6th Grade section and a 7th Grade through 12th grade section.  Mrs. Ashley Pauley will serve as the Pre-K --- 6th grade principal and Mr. Mike Hostetter will serve as the 7th---12th grade Principal.  The district will look for an Assistant 7-12 Principal and Activities Director for the 2017-2018 School Year.  These duties will be combined.  The hope is that this will allow the 5th-6th grade students to have a better transition from 4th grade to 5th grade and then from 6th grade to the 7th grade; it also provides the 7th-8th grade students and teachers with a greater opportunity to establish an identity.  Currently, the 5th and 6th students are isolated in the modular building and the 7th and 8th grade students are mixed in with the 9th-12th students.  More information will be disbursed throughout the summer and prior to the beginning of next year as well.  This is another exciting opportunity for our students!

                I am also proud to present that students will have an opportunity to participate in a Multicultural Club beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.  Students will have a club/organization for those in grades three through six; and the students in the high school will have an opportunity to serve in a Multicultural Club as well.  The purpose is that ALL students (grades three through twelve) will be able to learn about other cultures and participate in various activities supporting or involving a multitude of cultures!  I, personally, am very excited about the future of this organization!

                Our Track and Field teams will compete in the annual Sectional Meet this Saturday, May 13th in Independence, MO.  The state meet will be in Jefferson City during the weekend of May 20th.  If you see any track/field students, feel free to wish them good luck!  Our baseball team will open the annual district tournament on Friday, May 12th against Knox County at 6:00 p.m. at Scotland County (Memphis, MO).  The golf team ended their season yesterday at the sectional meet in Chillicothe; unfortunately, our lowest scorer missed the cut by three strokes and did not advance.

                As you can see, there is a LOT happening at Milan C-2!  Please feel free to contact me or the school with questions!  Thanks for making EVERY DAY A GREAT DAY TO BE A MILAN WILDCAT!  Be assured that WE will continue to STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE IN EVERYTHING!

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