Milford School District welcomed 17 new hires this year, filling temporary positions or those left vacant through staff retirements.
The hires include two kindergarten teachers, 10 elementary school positions and three high school positions, with six staff members coming in brand new to the profession.
“They certainly bring a different perspective,” said Director of Personnel Paul Walmsley. “Some are new … to the profession, so they have some new ideas around technology and response intervention and definitely bring some cutting edge views. There are also experienced teachers coming from other districts, and they bring a good mix, as well.”
Superintendent Phyllis Kohel agreed that it’s important to have new faces within the district.
“It’s always nice to be able to add positions … because you get new ideas and new thoughts on education,” Kohel said. “But it’s also nice when you get to hire back students who actually graduated from here.”
New special education teacher Jed Bell, graduated from Milford High School in 2007 and said he’s excited at the opportunity to work for MSD.
“It’s really exciting to be able to teach and coach somewhere that I have such strong ties to and I can’t wait to see the payoff in both the school, on the athletics fields and in the community,” Bell said.
Walmsley said he thinks the district had a successful year in hiring teachers, especially since all new teachers coming out of college had at least a 3.0 grade point average.
“We want to attract and retain the best and brightest so they can infuse a continuing energy in the district,” Walmsley said.
Dual enrollment program offered to seniors
After a year of planning, Milford High School is now offering two dual enrollment classes for high school seniors thanks to additional grant funding and a partnership with Delaware Technical Community College.
The introductory college-level courses offered will be English composition and college math and statistics, which students can take to satisfy both their senior year requirements, as well as accumulate college credits.
Last minute funding adjustments to the Race to the Top grant allowed the district to coordinate with Delaware Tech to train two teachers, Dawn Dehel and Tina Hilligoss, to teach the English and math courses this year, Kohel said.
There are multiple advantages for students who pass dual enrollment courses, she said.
“Not only is it good for prepping for college,” Kohel said, “it also shows college admission officers you’re willing to take more rigorous courses and are committed to academics.”
Page 2 of 2 - Entering post-secondary education with college credits can also reduce tuition costs. Kohel hopes that if the program advances and classes can be offered to both junior and senior students, that some students may be able to enter college with up to 14 college credits, not including those earned through Advanced Placement tests.
However, many students may not be aware that this program is available, as only 10 for each course were signed up before the start of school Aug. 26, Kohel said. Kohel said she would address seniors on the first day of school to increase enrollment and hopefully continue the program after its first year.