The Milford Exempted Village School District School Board met on April 22 to discuss forming a Citizens’ Advisory Board, parents reviewing the potential ELA handbook, and more.
John Spieser, Superintendent, spoke of forming a Citizens’ Advisory Board, with the stated purpose of being responsible for “conducting research into identified priorities, reporting those findings, and making suggestions or recommendations to the Superintendent. and/or the school board”.
He said they were looking for community members and businesses to join the CAC, hoping to fill around 20 positions.
“It’s an opportunity for us to have diverse ideas in the room, but also to make sure that we have a representation of each primary, we have six primary schools, we have the middle school, the high school, the academy , preschool, so we’re going to make sure we have representation of those places, and others as well,” he said.
Spieser said it would be a two-year engagement, meeting quarterly and potentially monthly.
One of the main questions posed to the Commission will be: what do you think is the most important issue regarding our schools that we need to address?
He said they will start rolling out the commission in the next week, with the first meeting over the summer.
Hiring of new employees, including the director of communications
The board hired a slew of new people, including Corbyn Litke as assistant athletic director for a salary of $46,000, with an effective start July 1; Jennifer Fultz as Central Office Payroll Manager with a salary of $68,000, effective start April 11; and Krista Boyle as the new director of communications on a two-year contract with a salary of $115,000 per year, with an effective start on May 9.
Jennie Berkley, assistant superintendent, human resources and student services, said she conducted a thorough and rigorous interview process to hire the communications position.
“Sharing our incredible story is both one of the most important things to help us stay connected with our school community, and also the best way to acknowledge the great work of our staff and students that they accomplish every day,” she said.
Boyle comes from Cincinnati Public Schools and she was also on Sen. Rob Portman’s staff.
As someone who grew up and now lives in Milford as an adult, Boyle said to say she was excited would be an understatement.
“I can’t say enough how excited I am to get started and work with everyone in this room and beyond,” she said.
Norton Anthology available for viewing
Paul Daniels, Program Director, introduced the Board to the Anthology Handbook, Norton’s introduction to literature by Kelly Mays for students in grades ten to twelve in English. The anthology is in its 14th edition for the secondary level.
Daniels said he knew there had been some criticism this year about the program’s books, and criticism that they hadn’t moved fast enough. But he noted that the program is adopted on the basis of a five-year cycle.
“We just can’t just throw it away, buy new materials and start,” he said.
He said they were trying to change the way they view literature to be more oriented towards selecting anthologies and allowing more choices for students.
“Norton doesn’t stray into partisan politics,” Daniels stressed. “They have long served as scholarly collections that both reflect current debates in literary scholarship and challenge the very nature of what is canonical.”
The anthology includes contemporary work without being “obsessed with controversial political topics,” Daniels said.
He also added that the anthology is financially responsible at around $35,000 to $40,000; there is an intention to use the 2,000-page anthology for the next 10 years, he said.
Under IIA board policy, the board is responsible for the selection of instructional materials, which it delegates this responsibility to district administrative and teaching staff. The policy defines five objectives in the selection of textbooks:
1. materials that enrich and support the curriculum, taking into account the diverse interests, abilities and maturity levels of the students served;
2. materials that stimulate the growth of factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values and ethical standards;
3. a background of information that enables students to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives;
4. diversified points of view so that young citizens can develop, under supervision, the practice of analytical reading and thinking; and
5. Materials representative of the many religions and ethnic and cultural groups, showing their contributions to our American heritage.
Part of the policy grants parents the right to inspect any instructional materials used in the program.
Although Daniels said it was not past practice or board policy, the book will be on display at the school board office, located at 1099 State Route 131 in Milford, until May 15. .
A form will be given to those who choose to visit and preview the text in person to provide feedback.
After which, the Anthology will be brought back to the Board in May for possible adoption.
stadium lights; student council renovation
The board also approved Musco Sports Lighting, LLC’s quote for the relighting of the Milford High School football stadium. The materials and installation of the steel light poles (replacing the wooden ones) and LED lighting, which have controls with dimming and remote on/off (and a 25-year warranty), cost 451 $655.
Jeff Johnson, director of business and operations, told the board that lights have been an issue for several years now at Eagle Stadium where football is played. Some were corrected, but others could not. One street light has one light off, two street lights have five lights off, and another pole has two lights off.
The lights are 35 years old.
“With the age of these lights, it really becomes a challenge trying to fix them, and we are concerned that we will end up in a place where it is potentially not safe to play on this ground because there is no there’s no adequate lighting there. ,” he said.
Johnson also mentioned some optional add-ons, which they had conversations with Athletic Boosters to fund. There would be the option to add showlight controls with a touchscreen for $6,000, or add that, plus red, green, blue, and white LEDs for the bleachers for $13,000.
Work would be done in the summer and ready to roll in August. In order for Musco to be finished by that date, Johnson said he needed a contract with them in early May, which is why it was important to present the quote to the Board at the 21st meeting. april.
As a follow-up to the January board meeting, the student council showed the board their reconfigured storage space at the high school which is now a student leadership center. The Center will act as a hub of sorts for different student leadership groups, and it was 100% funded by the student council through their fundraising efforts.
Jacob Hams, senior and chairman of the board, said the project was not just something cool to do, but a way to develop their skills as leaders.
In the monthly tradition, student works were recognized at the start of the meeting. The artwork will be on display in all of the Council’s administrative offices until the next meeting in May.
This month, students from McCormick Elementary School were honored: Dean Donovan, sixth; Madi Long, CM2 student; Kaitlyn Ward, fifth grade student; ninth grader Marlowe Pahl; Nolan Hartigan, sophomore; and Kora Boothby, freshman.