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Board of Education currently discussing future of facilities - next work session November 4, 6 p.m.
 
The Board of Education is currently discussing the future of Milford's facilities by reviewing community feedback, examining estimated construction costs, and assessing the feasibility of placing a bond issue on the March 2020 ballot.
 
The Board will meet on Monday, November 4 for a Work Session at 6:00 p.m. at the District Administrative Offices, 1099 State Route 131. The public is invited to attend.
 
At the Work Session the Board will:

1. Review the recommendations made by the Community Advisory Team. The CAT recommended that the Board keep the total facility construction cost to less than $72.5 million and to include: 

  • Building a new junior high for grades 6-8 designed with grade levels in separate areas.
  • Include space for programs that are currently housed in modulars located next to the junior high.
  • Integrate the Preschool program into two elementary school buildings.
  • Site safety at the junior high and high school campus which includes updated traffic flow and parking.
  • The CAT also asked the Board to consider adding to the plan the construction of an auditorium, HVAC and roof needs at the high school, upgrades and visitor bleachers at the stadium, and to consider what to do with the athletic buildings that would be displaced by the construction of a new junior high building. 

2. Review cost estimates for the project. The Board will have two estimates to compare/contrast from two separate, independent construction estimator companies.

3. Review the results from the phone survey conducted in October to gauge community support for a tax increase to pay for facilities, and pair those results with comments received during the community feedback sessions held this past summer as well as an informal survey conducted online in September.

4. Review the tax increase projections and project budgets, to determine a possible millage amount to place on the ballot for March 2020.

 
The deadlines to file the paperwork with the local and state Board of Elections in order to be be on the ballot in March 2020 is late November and early December. The Board expects to continue their discussion and finalize their decision at their regularly scheduled meeting which takes place Thursday, November 14, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
 
For more information on the Board's process in deciding the future of facilities, click here.

The CAT's Preferred Master Facilities Plan

At the September Board meeting Clay Barclay, Rob Hewlett, Lisa McKinney, and Matt Petersman presented the Community Advisory Team’s preferred Facility Master Plan to the Board.

The CAT recommended that the Board keep the total facility construction cost to less than $72.5 million and to include: 
  • Building a new junior high for grades 6-8 designed with grade levels in separate areas
  • Include space for programs that are currently housed in modulars located next to the junior high
  • Integrate the Preschool program into two elementary school buildings
  • Site safety at the junior high and high school campus which includes updated traffic flow and parking
The CAT also asked the Board to consider adding to the plan the construction of an auditorium, HVAC and roof needs at the high school, upgrades and visitor bleachers at the stadium, and to consider what to do with the athletic buildings that would be displaced by the construction of a new junior high building. 
 
The CAT recognized that the preschool, high school HVAC and roof, and the auditorium are hot button issues with the community.