MSD Plans for Upcoming Year

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ffBy Terry Rogers

On July 11, Milford School District Board of Education held their annual reorganization meeting. Renate Wiley was elected as president of the board and Barry Fry was elected vice-president. It was the first meeting for the district’s new superintendent, Dr. Kevin Dickerson, who took over when Dr. Phyllis Kohel retired on June 30.

“Our administrative team has begun to focus on five areas,” Dr. Dickerson said. “The first and our most important focus, builds off Milford School District’s longstanding tradition of meeting student needs through engaging classroom instruction, school and classroom supports, diverse programming and positive interactions with students. The student focus is also part of all our school’s success as well as our strategic plans developed by teams of teachers, support staff, parents, administrators and other members of our school communities.” The four other areas of focus include a pervasive emphasis on teaching and learning, maintaining a safe and welcoming educational environment for students, staff, families and communities to engage in as well as support for educators and support staff. The final focus for the year includes enhancing communication with families and the community.

Dr. Dickerson said that the board has tasked him with the same goals they have previous superintendents and that is to best serve the students, families, staff and community in everything the district does. He said that the board is aware that the district must make an unwavering commitment throughout the district to provide educational excellence throughout the community. He said that he is looking forward to working with the board and he appreciates their dedication to the education of students in the district. Dr. Dickerson said that he has much confidence for the district’s success because of the talented and dedicated educators, support staff, families and community involvement within Milford School District.

“The biggest challenge is to be sure our process, systems and structures at the operational level are soundly and efficiently in place so that our collective efforts across the district are intensely focused on educating and supporting our students throughout the school year,” Dr. Dickerson said. “It is important for us to limit distractions that deter us from really focusing on the student and the critical aspects of teaching and learning.”

Budgetary and instructional decisions are also challenges the district faces in the upcoming year, Dr. Dickerson said. He said that the district must constantly address the diverse educational needs of the students who attend school on Milford, but that he believes the staff is up for the challenge based on the strong community support teachers receive in Milford.

“One last challenge we need to address is attendance patterns in our district,” Dr. Dickerson said. “We need to have effective monitoring and support processes in place to assist students and their families who have experienced difficulty attending school regularly. We believe that if our students are attending school regularly, they have educators and support staff within the schools able to help them achieve success and obtain positive outcomes.”

New teachers are expected to report to school on August 16 with the remainder of the staff starting the school year on August 18. Students in Kindergarten through ninth grade begin school on August 23 and students in tenth through twelfth grade begin on August 24. The district reminds all parents to make any changes to their child’s address, daycare or transportation as soon as possible over the summer months.

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