The Milford School District is completing a phase of its Master Facilities Plan with the opening of two new elementary schools in August. The next phase of the Milford's Master Facilities Plan calls for replacement of the two oldest buildings in the district, the Milford Junior High School and the Milford Preschool. The completion of renovations to the Milford High School building and campus is also part of the plan and includes traffic routes, parking and extracurricular facilities. The district is now in the queue for state funding in 2017 to complete these plans. The Milford Business Advisory Committee is exploring community partnerships to reduce the costs to the taxpayer and enhance the overall plan.
A community survey was conducted to solicit feedback on the facilities plan. In addition, the district hosted community meetings to share plans and receive input. The district is currently evaluating options for the preschool, junior high school and high school projects.
Click on the link below to view an overview of the plan.
A key initiative for the Milford School District is the completion of the Master Facilities Plan, which includes replacing Milford Junior High School and Milford Preschool and finishing renovations to Milford High School. The completion of this project requires both local funding through a bond issue and state funding through the the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC).
In early March 2017, the OFCC informed the district that they do not anticipate approval for Milford’s state share of funding until July 2018. The district cannot place a bond issue on the ballot until the state funding is approved. This means that the earliest the district can anticipate a potential bond issue is November 2018.
"Needless to say, the delay of a year is disappointing. We were not given any reasons for the delay; however, we believe that it is due to the uncertainty surrounding the state's finances," shared Milford Superintendent Nancy House.
In the fall, the district worked with a team of teachers, parents, students, community members, administrators and SHP architectural firm in a visioning and planning process for the future of these new educational facilities.
"Although we cannot move forward on the construction of new buildings, we can move forward with implementing instructional approaches identified during the building visioning process," Mrs. House said.
The Milford Board of Education approved a resolution on May 16, 2013 to accept funds from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to complete the elementary portion of the district’s master facility plan. The district built two new elementary schools to replace both Seipelt Elementary and Boyd E. Smith Elementary and the OFCC funded this project without any new local taxes. The new schools opened in August of 2016. Boyd E. Smith is located at its current site and the new Seipelt is located at 900 Route 131, next to the Grey Cliff subdivision.
Both buildings will have the exact same footprint. The academic wings is two stories with grades K-3 on one floor and grades 4-6 on another floor. A two-story media center with a bright, open feel is surrounded by the academic classrooms. The interiors of each building vary in colors and themes. Scroll down for the link to our photo gallery.
Check out the photo gallery of the construction of our two new elementary buildings which opened in August of 2016. Every month, photographs of the progress of the Boyd E. Smith and Seipelt Elementary Schools were posted. Click here.