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Milford Beacon
  • Board discusses public issues, national honors, new techniques

  • Milford's Board of Education tables progress on forming a committee or policy for renaming district property and Milford's FFA Chapter is recognized for winning performances at national convention.
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  • Among the topics discussed during the Milford School District’s Board of Education meeting on Monday was the proposed committee and policy concerning the name changing of any district property. The matter will not be addressed, and committee formed, until the spring 2014, said President Marvin Schelhouse.  
    In other business, the Board of Education discussed the following:
     
    Milford High School graduate Mark Carter addressed the board concerning the length of elementary school recess, emphasizing the need for children to have more than 10 or 15 minutes of recess per day. A petition with more than 350 signatures from alumni, educators, parents and residents supported his claim that there is a desire for local children to get more down time during the school day. While he presented solutions to the problem, including an extended school day or a public workshop to find a solution, Milford School District Superintendent Phyllis Kohel and Board of Education President Marvin Schelhouse said that educators within the district are already doing what they can to ensure students get enough physical activity and down time.
    “All of our schools have a very packed agenda, and they do try to get in 15 to 20 minutes of outdoor recess as they can,” said Kohel. “Our teachers and principals do work hard to get in everything they can by combining activities with instructional pieces.” Schelhouse said the board will review the petition to see what can be done regarding the length of school recess, but that there is little to no wiggle room. He also cited that 40 percent of schools in the United States do not even have recess.
     
    Milford’s Future Farmers of America were recognized during the meeting for their participation in the National FFA Convention held in Louisville, Ky. Ten students, who placed on a state level during the Delaware State Fair this year, advanced to a national level and brought home gold, silver and bronze medals in multiple categories. Brielle Hermstedt earned a bronze medal in the creed speaking category; Brett Evans, Patrick Galloway, Alyssum Zeman and Cara Zeman earned a bronze medal for their agricultural mechanics team, with Evans and Galloway earning silver medals individually and Alyssum Zeman and Cara Zeman earning bronze medals individually; Mikaela Hermstedt earned a silver medal in the agriscience fair for her research on the insulated benefits of alpaca fiber; Melissa Blew, Colby Miller, Ellie Pittman and Clay Shirey placed No. 7 in the nation with a gold team award for their milk quality and products team; Shirey and Miller earned gold medals individually while Blew and Pittman earned silver medals individually. The Milford FFA Chapter was also recognized as one of two chapters in the state to be named a three star chapter, the only Delaware chapter to earn this recognition consecutively since 2007.

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