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HISTORY OF FACILITIES PROJECTS

BACKGROUND

Milford Exempted Village School District has a Master Facilities Plan (MFP).

A facilities master plan is a critical strategic document for a wide range of governmental and non-profit organizations. These plans are commonly used by public school districts, universities, healthcare networks, park systems and more to guide the long-term development and maintenance of their facilities. A MFP if a long-term planning document. Milford's MFP was created in 2000 with input from the community and has been in place for more than 20 years. Over that period, board members and administration members have changed multiple times. However, the MFP allows the district to pursue a long-term strategic plan even as personnel changes. The district's job as educators is to prepare students for their future. Today’s students will have a future that is substantially different than the world previous generations experienced. As the world around us changes, so too should our educational spaces. The MFP is helping us create that change.

The MFP identified several areas of need: six new elementary schools, transitioning preschool services into a new building, renovations to the high school, and replacing the junior high school. 


MASTER FACILITIES PLAN PHASES:

PHASE ONE - Elementary Schools - COMPLETE

PHASE TWO - High School Renovations - PARTIALLY COMPLETE, NO CURRENT PLANS TO PROCEED WITH FINISHING PROJECT

PHASE THREE - Middle School Replacement - IN DISCUSSION


SCHOOL BUILDING OPENING (AND CLOSING) DATES:

Milford Main - Original building opened in 1912 with additions constructed in 1936, 1947, and 1950. Building shuttered in 2004.

Milford Preschool Building - Original building opened in 1929 with additions constructed in 1947, 1954, 1956, and 1980. 

Milford South - Original building opened in 1957 and shuttered in 2004.

Milford Junior High School - Original building opened in 1962 with additions constructed in 1980 and 1985. When the building first opened it housed Milford High School's 9-12 grade students.

Milford High School - Original building opened in 1965 with additions in 1980, 1989, and 2009.

Mulberry Elementary School - Opened in 2003.

McCormick Elementary School - Opened in 2003.

Meadowview Elementary School - Opened in 2004

Pattison Elementary School - Opened in 2004.

Boyd E. Smith Elementary School - Opened in 2016.

Charles L. Seipelt Elementary School - Opened in 2016.

RECENT CONSTRUCTION HISTORY

ELEMENTARY BUILDINGS - The MFP phase 1, to build new elementary schools, began in 2001 with the passage of a bond issue. Four new elementary schools - 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. 

HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATIONS - During the development of the MFP, OFCC and Milford Schools officials determined that Milford High School was in need of renovation. Nearly 40 percent of the renovations were completed in 2007. These renovations included the addition of the Ninth Grade Community and the music wing, as well as updates to the public areas of the school, like reception, entryways and the cafeteria. The 2007 renovations were funded through bond refinancing and a bond renewal that did not increase taxes.

Some of the recommended renovations to the high school are still incomplete. These include things like a larger, more functional auditorium, a new HVAC system, roof repairs, a larger media center and updates to classrooms to make them more conducive to group work, STEM and technology-based learning. These project have been put on hold.

JUNIOR HIGH - The district will place a bond issue on the November 2, 2021 ballot to build a new middle school. Click here for more details. The bond issue will fund construction costs for a new 6-8 middle school, abate and demolish the Preschool building (located on State Route 28) and relocation of those students to the elementary buildings, and relocation of Success Academy, which is currently housed in the Preschool building. The project also includes site circulation (improved traffic flow and safety) at the junior high/high school campus.