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BOND ISSUE HISTORY


BOND ISSUE FOR ELEMENTARY BUILDINGS

In 2001 the district passed a bond issue and in 2004 four new elementary schools opened: McCormick, Mulberry, Meadowview, and Pattison opened in 2004. The two remaining elementary schools - Seipelt and Boyd - opened in 2016. OFCC funding all but $2 million of construction costs for these two schools through credits earned by the district through the ELPP program, in which the district fully-funded the first four elementary building projects. 


 

BOND ISSUE DEFEAT 2019

The District's bond issue, on the May 2019 ballot for 4.7 mills, was defeated.

The following components were proposed in the May 2019 bond issue:

  • Build a new middle school - grades 6-8;
  • Build a new 1,000 seat auditorium shared by the Junior High and High School to accommodate student performances and school programs;
  • Renovation projects at Milford High School, including renovating classrooms, replacing the HVAC/air handling system, installing a new roof on a portion of the building, upgrade the gymnasium;
  • Replace outdated athletic facilities. 

 

C.A.T. FORMED

The Community Advisory Team (C.A.T.) was formed after the defeat of the May 2019 Bond Issue. The C.A.T.'s objective was to develop and present a consensus proposal on the district's Master Facilities Plan. The C.A.T. presented their preferred plan to the Board of Education in September 2019.

MEMBERS OF THE C.A.T.

The district received 97 requests from individuals interested in participating in the C.A.T. After reviewing these requests, the district extended 66 invitations.

The district followed three rules in determining who was eligible to participate:

1. Participants must live in the Milford School District.

2. A limit of one participant per family.

3. A limit on the number of district-employed participants.

In some cases, invitations were not offered because there was simply an abundance of applicants in that particular demographic group. Nearly all invited applicants fit into multiple categories.

The invited applicants include the following:

31 - Parents of Milford students

12 - Parents of Milford graduates

5 - Empty nesters

9 - Retirees

5 - Business owners

5 - MEVSD staff members

8 - Members of "Vote No to Milford School Bond"

8 - Known supporters of the May Bond

All CAT sessions were all recorded and posted online for community members to watch - and are linked at the bottom of this page. Two board members attended C.A.T. meetings, but were only there to listen and will not provide input. 


 

THE C.A.T.'S PROPOSAL

At the September 2019 Board meeting members of the Community Advisory Team (C.A.T.) presented their preferred Facility Master Plan to the Board.

The C.A.T. 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

  • 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 C.A.T. 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 C.A.T. PROCESS

The C.A.T. met a total of six times in the summer of 2019, spending more than a dozen hours together learning the history of the district’s master facilities plans, learning how funding works and how bidding works, examining the condition of current buildings, and conducting a question and answer session with a representative from the Ohio Facilities Construction Committee (OFCC). 

The team’s goal was to understand, synthesize and advise the Board of Education on the Facility Master Plan supported by the four pillars of Education, Facilities, Finance, and Community Support. 


 


NOVEMBER 2, 2021 BOND ISSUE

At their meeting July 15, the Milford Board of Education passed a resolution to proceed with the bond issue.

  • The bond Issue will be on the November 2, 2021 ballot. It is for a total of $55,900,000 for the purpose of new construction, improvements, renovations, and additions to school facilities, and providing equipment, furnishings, and site development and improvements for a new middle school. 

  • The bond issue is for 2.47 mills, for 30 years. The owner of a home with an appraised value of $100,000 would pay an additional $86.45 in taxes to pay for the bond issue.

  • The district will receive $11,559,512 in co-funding from the Ohio Facilities Construction Committee to pay for a portion of the project.