On Monday, May 2 The Milford School Board went on a tour of the newly constructed Mispillion Elementary School to take a look at the newest edition to the Milford School District. The state of the art facility is scheduled to open for the 2011-2012 school year and is located on the campus of Lulu Ross Elementary. The Mispillion Elementary School will provide educational programming for approximately 720 students in grades 1 through 5.
The district’s successful referendum in 2007 provided the construction funding for the Mispillion Elementary School. The building of the new school was necessary because the current elementary and early childhood facilities did not have the capacity to support the expected demographic growth in the Milford School District.
The $15 Million project involved the construction of a new 74,3000 sq. ft. elementary school with associated site improvements including a geothermal HVAC system and 100 KW solar panels to help control energy costs. The construction started in October 2009 with substantial completion date May 1, 2011.
“We put all the newest technology we could fit in here in an attempt to keep this building as energy efficient as possible,” stated Operations Director Heinz Retzlaff.
Each classroom in the Mispillion Elementary is also fitted with the newest technology in learning including a new apparatus called a Smart Board. Used in business and government settings around the world this technology allows the students to comprehend materials through interactive learning and assistance from their classmates. By using touch detection students can interact with lesson plans that include animation and sound. The combination of a Smart Board and seven computers in each classroom will create a classroom that is entirely interconnected.
Principal Susan Donahue is looking forward to having the new teachers visit the Elementary and become familiar with the new campus. Mrs. Donahue has been with the Milford School District since 1992 and was the principal at Morris Early Childhood Center for three years. She has been busy this year attending construction progress meetings, working with the personnel office to staff the building and visiting the district elementary schools to ensure consistent programs.
“I look forward to seeing the kids on the first day and being able to provide a great atmosphere for learning. It has been lonely over on this side of campus and I cannot wait for it to be filled with excited students and teachers,” commented Mrs. Donahue.
The school will be staffed with experienced Milford School District teachers and support staff. The teachers are expected to begin moving into their classrooms in the middle of June as to prepare for the school year on August 31, 2011. Parents who are uncertain about which elementary school their children will attend next year can find out by visiting the Department of Education School Locator at http://www.doe.k12.de.us/schoollocator/FeederSchoolSearch.aspx.