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Bond and Facilities Planning

May 2019 Bond Issue Fails; Board of Education Looks for Community Feedback

The 4.7 mill bond issue was defeated on May 7, 2019.  In response, the Milford Board of Education held a work session on May 23 to discuss and develop a plan to move forward. The first step is to solicit feedback and listen to the community through the following measures.


The first phase of our plan is to listen to our school community through an open and interactive conversation using Thoughtexchange. This process gives individuals the opportunity to share thoughts about the bond issue, and review and rate the thoughts being shared by others. Thoughtexchange allows the district to identify common themes and determine what is most important to our community. Results from the Thoughtexchange will be analyzed and shared with the community. 

Community Advisory Team

The district is also creating a Community Advisory Team (CAT) to review our Master Facility Plan and come up with a variety of options. The team will have approximately 60 people from a cross-section of the community: business owners, senior citizens, parents and non-parents, board members, students, staff, and alumni.

The CAT team will begin meeting in June and will meet 4-5 times in the summer. The team will study the current facility plans and needs of the district, hear from industry experts, and then discuss options and come to a consensus on a plan to present to the Board. The CAT team will also look at feedback from the Thoughtexchange in their planning process. Finally, the district will host community sessions to receive further feedback on this plan.

Overview/Conceptual Plan

Milford School District had a bond issue on the May 7, 2019 ballot to build a middle school (grades 6-8) to replace the current Milford Junior High (grades 7-8); add a new 1,000 seat auditorium to be shared by the new middle school and high school; replace the HVAC and sections of the roof at the high school; provide new learning spaces in the unrenovated portions of the high school; replace several athletic facilities that are in poor condition; and complete the stadium renovation.

The exact location of the proposed middle school will be identified once the design process begins and engineering studies occur, but it is anticipated that the new building will be located at the west end of the current practice fields located next to the stadium. A part of the building program will be adjusting Eagles Way to allow for improved traffic, site circulation, and parking. See rendering below.

conceptual plan

FAQs on May 2019 Bond Issue

Note: The Bond issue on the May 7, 2019 ballot did not pass. The district is leaving these FAQs on the website because they contain information still relevant to the state of our facilities. The Board is listening to feedback from the community to look at a new plan to place on the ballot at a future date still to be determined. As new information becomes available, this information will be updated.

What is a bond issue?

A bond issue is used to provide local revenue for construction purposes. By law, bond dollars can be used only for capital costs -- building construction and/or renovations, and major equipment purchases. It cannot be used for salaries or any operational expenses.

What is the difference between a bond issue and an operating levy?

Bond issues raise money that, by law, can ONLY be used for capital improvements (bricks and mortar). Operating levies generate money for a district’s day-to-day operating costs, such as salaries, benefits, and utilities.

What construction projects are covered by this Bond issue?

  • Build a new middle school (grades 6-8) to replace the obsolete Milford Junior High School.
    • Due to the manner in which the building was constructed, it is no longer economically feasible to maintain the junior high and even more expensive to renovate than to build new.         
    • Our junior high school was built in 1962 and is both undersized and outdated. The building was intended for 750 students. With a current enrollment of 1,050 junior high students, the building is overcrowded with students and teachers in modular units and spaces not intended to be used as classrooms.
    • The junior high school has outdated plumbing, ventilation, and electrical systems, which are costly to maintain and cannot accommodate today’s technology and educational needs
    • Almost 20 years ago, the state analyzed the cost of renovating versus replacing the junior high and recommended replacing the building.
  • Build a new 1,000 seat auditorium shared by Milford Junior High School and Milford High School to accommodate student performances and school programs.
    • The current high school auditorium seats 390, which prevents even one grade level (500+ students) at Milford High School from attending a program or holding a class meeting. The new auditorium will connect the high school and new middle school, serving more than 3,500 students.
    • Currently, band and music programs are held in the gymnasium which has poor acoustics and inadequate seating. A larger auditorium will accommodate performances by our exemplary drama, vocal, and instrumental music programs.
  • Convert current Milford High School auditorium to new learning commons/media center to better meet the educational needs of our students.

  • Renovate classrooms within the high school. While the main public portions of the high school were renovated in 2009, more than 60% of the building has not been updated in decades.

  • Replace the high school HVAC/air handling system. Some of the HVAC equipment needing to be replaced is original to the building (built in 1965) and other portions were installed in 1990. A new system will more efficient and cost-effective.

  • Install new roof on a portion of Milford High School. The portion of the roof that needs to be replaced was installed in 1990.

  • Upgrade Milford High School gymnasium bleachers and floors last updated in 1990, which are at the end of their life cycle.

  • Replace outdated athletic facilities.

    • For optimal parking and traffic flow, it appears the best location for the new middle school is on the practice fields situated next to the high school. The construction will impact the current wrestling facility (Robbins Building), weight room, locker rooms, and restrooms already in poor condition and in need of replacement

    • Upgrade and complete stadium renovation including new bleachers on the visitor’s side and new concession stand and restrooms.

    • The stadium lights and light poles are nearing the end of their life cycle and need to be replaced. The current visitor stands are 30 years old and need to be replaced for safety issues. The new stands will be ADA compliant and will expand the seating to meet increasing capacity needs.



Master Facilities Plan

Learn more about Milford's Master Facilities Plans updated in January 2019.

Master Facilities Plan  (updated January 2019)

Milford School District Educational Visioning (September 2016)