MILFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS - DIST. NO. 5
Fall 2009 ANNUAL REPORT TO PATRONS
This annual report is intended to keep patrons and parents of the Milford School
District informed about the school system. This report is designed to reflect all
aspects of the district as well as meet the requirements of the Nebraska Department
of Education. If you have any questions or would like clarifying information please
feel free to contact one of the school officials.
Milford Public Schools - District No. 80-0005
The Milford School District covers approximately 115 square miles in Seward,
Lancaster, and Saline Counties. The District is organized with a K-6 elementary
school in Milford, a K-3 elementary school in Pleasant Dale, and a 7-12 junior-senior
high school located in Milford.
The District is classified as a Class III district by the Nebraska Department of
Education and as a Class C-1 school by the Nebraska School Activities Association.
The school is a member of the Southern Nebraska Conference that includes
Centennial, Cross County, David City, Fillmore Central, Heartland, Sandy Creek,
Superior, Sutton, Thayer Central, Tri-County and Wilber-Clatonia.
A six-member Board governs the School District. Each member is elected to a four-
year term. Three members are elected every two years. Board members serve without
compensation. The Board of Education meets typically on the second Monday of each
month. The Board of Education meets in the music room of the Milford Elementary
at 7:00 p.m. for the months of November, December, February and March, for the
months of April through October the board meets at 7:30 p.m., and in January the
board meets at 4:00 p.m. Board members also attend work sessions, special meetings,
and Board retreats during the year. In addition, they serve on various committees that
meet periodically throughout the year. The meetings are open to the public. Citizens
are encouraged to attend.
Current members of the Board of Education are as follows: Dave Welsch, President;
Karen Stauffer, Vice-President; Tony Roth, Secretary; Jim Stahly, Treasurer; Terri
Buchli, and Larry Lindquist.
Mission of District
The mission of this District is to educate all students by providing a flexible and varied
educational program committed to excellence and empowering the students to
become responsible citizens.
The educational process must prepare individuals to be productive and
responsible citizens of a global society.
The educational process is a shared responsibility of the school, community,
students, and family.
Given sufficient time, opportunity, and resources all individuals can learn.
We believe physical, social, and emotional wellness supports learning.
All students must learn skills to be effective problem solvers.
We believe in life-long learning.
All individuals have dignity and worth, therefore, self-esteem is to be nurtured
Social skill development is a vital part of the educational process.
We are committed to excellence.
Numbers are based on the Last Friday in September Enrollment Report
This information comes from the District’s Annual Independent Financial Audit. We
have included 2007-08 numbers where possible.
County 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06
Seward $303,480,327 $288,400,233 $269,917,114 $256,974,325 $246,892,338
Lancaster $34,625,592 $33,478,720 $31,587,713 $31,129,603 $27,735,945
Saline $846,066 $823,425 $829,691 $745,843 $733,225
Totals $338,951,985 $322,702,378 $302,334,518 $288,849,771 $275,361,508
Where the money comes from...The school district’s General Fund Budget is supported
by a combination of local, county, state and federal money. The two largest sources
are property taxes and state aid.
Revenue Source 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06
State Aid $2,225,518 $1,927,463 $1,926,911 $1,780,709
Property Taxes $3,013,205 $2,622,909 $2,933,791 $2,541,373
Fund Bond Fund Special Bld Total
Year Valuation Levy Levy Fund Levy Levy
2009-10 $338,951,958 1.00012 0.076840 0.0000 1.076960
2008-09 $322,702,378 1.00300 0.063186 0.0000 1.066186
2007-08 $302,334,518 0.952333 0.086115 0.020044 1.058492
2006-07 $288,849,771 0.951083 0.091786 0.017483 1.060352
2005-06 $275,361,508 0.952132 0.108387 0.029217 1.089735
Where the money goes…The General Fund is the operating fund of the school district.
General fund expenditures are limited by statute and the tax levy for this fund is
restricted by the state.
Cost Per Pupil Based on Average Daily Membership (ADM)
Milford Public Schools employs 4.5 administrators and 56.2 teachers. Thirty-three of
these staff members have their Master’s degree. The certified staff has an average of
18.1 years of total teaching experience and 12.1 years of teaching experience in the
Milford Public Schools.
The Milford Public Schools employs 43 part/full time support staff during the school
year: para-professionals, secretaries, cooks, custodians, nurses and bus drivers. The
District also hires part-time summer custodial staff and contracts with Service Master
for daytime cleaning at both elementary schools.
Student Assessment Results
Each year the Milford Public Schools assesses and evaluates student achievement.
The purpose of these measurements is to provide information about curriculum,
assessment, and instruction. The district uses a variety of assessment methods to
measure student achievement. Each of these methods has its strengths and
weaknesses, but together they provide a clear picture of how our students are doing
relative to our local standards. In addition to informing the district, the information
collected is important for communicating progress to students, parents, and the wider
Criterion-referenced tests demonstrate students’ attainment of specific curricular
content or standards. At Milford Public Schools, students are assessed at various
levels in different content areas. The District has established four standards of
achievement: Proficient, Practitioner, Apprentice and Novice. Students who have
achieved the standards of Proficient and Practitioner on the assessment are said to
demonstrate mastery. The information below shows the percentage of students
demonstrating mastery on the 2008-09 assessments.
In February of each year, Nebraska schools administer the Statewide Writing
Assessment. This assessment is given to all 4th, 8th, and 11th grade students. Upon
completion of the assessment, student papers are sent to a common scoring site and
scored by raters from across the state. The information below shows the percentage
of Milford students meeting or exceeding the state standard for writing.
Students may elect to take the ACT which provides information to colleges about the
college readiness of graduates. Fifty-five percent (29) of the graduating class (53) of
2009 took the ACT test. This compares to seventy-two percent of students statewide
and forty-five percent of students nationwide. Local, State, and National averages are
shown below. Of the twenty-nine students taking the ACT test, nineteen achieved
composite scores higher than the state average.
Iowa Test of Basic Skills / Iowa Test of Educational Development
Norm-referenced achievement tests compare students or groups of students with
other students or groups of students. By converting the number of correct responses
to percentile scores, students are ranked on a bell curve from first to last, 99th
percentile to 1st percentile. A percentile ranking of 50 means that, on average, 49
students scored below that student, and 49 scored above that student.
Given Milford Public Schools four levels of achievement, a percentile score of 1-24 is
Novice, 25-49 is Apprentice, 50-74 is Practitioner, and 75-99 is Proficient. Milford
Public Schools administers the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to grades 2-8. The Iowa
Test of Educational Development (ITED) is administered in grade 11. By grade, the
percentage of students at each performance level is shown below.