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Milford High School Needs More Space

Milford High School could use more space.

That was the message delivered to the Milford School Committee at their September 15 meeting by Milford High School (MHS) Principal Carolyn Banach.

With the Committee trying to decide on how to best utilize the now vacant Middle School East building, Banach was asked to present her current needs for space as well as the potential for expanding or adding new programs if the space in the high school became available.

Currently the high school building houses not only the high school, but also the Community Use program, the Shining Star Preschool, and the Central Administration offices.

Banach started her presentation listing off the number of new initiates that they have added to the high school over the past few years including a number of new courses, expanding the Advanced Placement program, adding the TriM Music Honor Society program, and even starting a new student teaching program.

"We have done this using rooms that aren't even classrooms," said Banach.

Another initiative that MHS has added over the past few years is the new Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) program, a vocational-type program that uses classroom teaching and hands-on experiences for students to learn about the hospitality industry.

Banach told the School Committee that the program has become so successful, they have reached their capacity of 25 students and currently have a waiting list to join.

"We are hitting a point where the size of some of our classes have outgrown the room capacity," she said.

With the success of the HTM Program under their wing, Banach said they would love to launch a similar career pathways program for Radio and TV Broadcasting, should they ever have the space.

"We have a lot of student interest in this field," said Banach. "It would be great to keep that going."

Banach also said there were a number of other college and career programs they would like to offer but have not been able to move forward because of capacity.

Not only is expanding programs out of the question right now, but Banach said that there are currently 10 teachers at MHS that do not have permanent classrooms, and have to share space or use non-classroom space for lessons, a point that caused concern with some School Committee Members.

Banach went through several scenarios of what departments would move to different areas if the Community Use, Central Administration, and Shining Star moved out of the high school and into the vacant Middle School East building.

"We need to stay focused on turning the high school back into the high school," commented School Committee Chairperson Mike Walsh.

But the School Committee agreed that there is more work to be done before any decisions could be made, including getting costs to rehab the Middle School East building to be able to house those programs.




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