New Year sees much going on in Milford Schools

The 2008-2009 school year has begun, and it is starting out to be a very busy one for the district. The Board met the Monday before school officially started and it saw many of the paraprofessionals who were part of budget cuts being re-instated to their vital work. Also many last minute positions were being filled to bring the staff up to the required numbers. The highlights for the night however were discussions on Uses of School facilities, Energy Conservation, and Response to Intervention Regulations. Many staff members were on hand to see how the discussions went on the first two topics since they will most closely impact them. The board felt neither policy was written well, and actually asked both be tabled for later discussion. The Energy Conservation policy led to an interesting talk as students and staff were being asked to endure more uncomfortable temperatures in the buildings. Mr Shelhouse actually asked the building operations staff how they expected students to learn when they are either shivering in the winter or falling asleep from the heat in the summer after lunch? The district saved ~$66,000.00 by watching its electric use and it was suggested that maybe ceiling fans could help with temperature regulation in the buildings. Other business that night was an overview of the plans for the new elementary school to be located next to the current LuLu Ross campus. The best news that night was donations by the Kiwanis club group who donated $24, 000.00 and the Delaware River and Bay authority who donated book bags again to the Middle School.
The Board finished with regular business for the night, but stayed around to discuss the search for the new superintendent. The public should be receiving shortly a survey from the district looking for insights and thoughts on what the new superintendent should be for Milford. The next meeting for the board will be on 9/8/08, and I will try to summerize that quicker then I did this last one. If you visit Ross, Banneker, or High School soon make sure to check out the recognition they have received as PBS Star Schools for 2007-2008!


About Gary M Wolfe

The Author spent 10 years as a member of the Milford Delaware Board Of Education, and is currently seeking the 18th Senatorial seat in the Delaware Legislature.
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