What will Milford school district look like in 10 years? Public forum Tuesday; community input sought

A Long Range Planning Public Forum will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Jonathan Law High School; start time is 7 p.m. Members of the public are invited to the open forum on the future of the Milford Public School system.

A brief presentation will be delivered by representatives of the consulting firm Milone & MacBroom, Inc. Following the presentation, attendees will have the ability to share their thoughts regarding the future of the district, school officials said.

Speakers will be limited to two minutes. School officials ask that all people interested in the issue review the material on the school district’s website, at milforded.org. Click on Board of Education, and then Long Range Planning Committee.

Survey link to open on Wednesday morning

To further assist the Long Range Planning Committee in their work, an online survey has been prepared and will be uploaded to the district website on Wednesday, Jan. 29. All members of the public are invited to answer the survey and share their thoughts there. The survey will remain active through Friday, Feb. 7.  Milone & MacBroom will be responsible for collecting and organizing the resulting survey data.

What will the Milford Public School district

'look like' in the next 5 years? 10 years?

“Enrollment in the Milford Public Schools has been on the decline for several years — and it is projected to continue in the years to come,” school officials said in a prepared release. “Obviously, enrollment directly impacts the school district in many ways — for now and into the future — including the areas of staffing, facilities, configuration, programming and budget.

“In order to plan ahead in a thoughtful, purposeful, and responsible way, the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) was formed last year and has been working under the guidance of Milone and MacBroom for the past seven months,” officials said.

The committee is made up of parent representatives from each school in Milford, as well as Milford Public School administrators, elected officials and members of the community.

Their work has included review of substantial amounts of material, data and statistics — all central to future Milford Public Schools planning.

“It is expected that the Long Range Planning Committee will formulate a set of recommendations and forward them to the elected Board of Education in March for their review,” school officials said.