Milford School Board talks changes, security

The Milford School Board voted to decrease the number of Board members from eight to seven at its regular meeting on Monday night, citing voting difficulties and state regulations as factors in the decision.

“The state requires a minimum of five board members. We have eight now,” Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Kohel explained. “Having an even number of Board members becomes troublesome when voting.”

She said Senator Gary Simpson has agreed to sponsor legislation to make that change.

“He believes it would be advantageous to change it to an odd number,” she added.

The next spot on the Board up for election is an at-large seat currently held by Patrick Emory, who seconded the motion during the meeting to approve the legislation request and will not seek re-election in 2016 when his term expires.

Although the Board approved the motion, the issue could be revisited in the future to further reduce the amount of board members.

“Based on our seat expirations, Senator Simpson said we could come back at a later date if we wanted to go down to five members,” Dr. Kohel said.

Uniform policy changes

Students may see changes to the current dress code policy soon thanks to feedback submitted by each school in the district.

Recommended changes include allowing corduroy or cotton pants instead of only khakis and loosening the rules requiring belts for secondary students wearing pants with belt loops.

Oxford style shirts would also be allowed if the changes are adopted by the Board.

The Board will revisit the full list of potential changes at the next regular Board meeting to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The dress code policy was last updated in 2012.

Security Updates

Updated cameras at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School have helped in the identification and arrest of “a few folks who were messing with the janitor’s cars,” according to Supervisor of Building & Grounds Dr. Glen Stevenson who hopes to update the hardware at the high school as well.

“Now they know we have the means to id them. That’s helped greatly,” he said. “Better, newer cameras have made a night and day difference.”

The high school currently has over 40 cameras, he quoted, and staff hopes to add a few more to the list.

He said there are no cameras near the girls’ locker room, the boiler room or in the stairwells to name a few places.

“That would give the principal more means to see what’s going on,” Board member Eugene Rust said of adding cameras to those areas.

New cameras for the entire high school could cost around $70,000 Dr. Stevenson estimated for which $35,000 is still available from last year’s budget along with more from this year’s budget, he said.

He suggested moving the cameras currently located at the high school to Lulu Ross and Morris elementary schools, estimating the cost at another $50,000 per school should the Board decide to replace the cameras at those locations instead.

Public input sought

The Board would like to receive input from the public regarding the old Milford Middle School building and a new building for either a middle or high school. A public meeting has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

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