Milford Mill Academy celebrates ribbon-cutting with song, dance, and ceremony

What a way to start the week!

Not only had Milford Mill Academy's boys basketball team won the 3-A state championship over the weekend, but the school began the week of Monday, March 18, with an exuberant celebration of the completion of its $36 million addition and renovation projects.

Students had been enjoying the improvements for much of the school year, but the March 18 ceremony was the first chance school officials got to say "thank you" to elected officials, community leaders, and others who were instrumental in the multi-year project.

And what a "thank you!"  Led by Milford Mill's students, dignitaries at the ribbon-cutting heard a rousing rendition of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by the school's concert chorale, enjoyed a spirited dance performance by members of the school's dance team, and readied for the ribbon-cutting itself thanks to a raucous fanfare from the school's marching band.

Student performances included a lively dance number from the school's Dance Company.

Before the ribbon-cutting, the band played a celebratory fanfare.

The ribbon cutting

The occasion provided plenty of opportunities for pictures, such as this with Dr. Dance and members of Milford Mill's JROTC unit.

Dr. David Lever of the Interagency Committee on School Construction, presented a citation of merit to the school from Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Members of the Concert Chorale sing in celebration.

As part of the event, guests visited the school's new black box theater, the renovated auditorium, and, for the ribbon-cutting, the school's new 25,000-square-foot gymnasium. "Having all this work done at last really makes a wonderful difference," said interim Principal Roderick Harden. "It's truly a great learning environment."

The renovation – the third major renovation done to the school in the last 60 years – includes new music and art wings with a black box theater and graphic arts computer lab, a renovated main entrance and bus loop, and renovations of 65 classrooms throughout the school. A new media center and administrative area, new cosmetology lab, and refurbished auditorium, in addition to systemic improvements such as air conditioning and technology upgrades, complete the overhaul.    

The ribbon-cutting was led by Harden, BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance, and an array of dignitaries including David Lever, executive director of the Interagency Committee on School Construction, who represented Gov. Martin O'Malley; Maryland House Speaker Pro Tem Del. Adrienne Jones; Baltimore County Councilman Kenneth Oliver; Orrester Shaw, special assistant for education for Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz; and Board of Education members Michael Bowler, George Moniodis, and George Uhlfelder.

Story and photos by Charles Herndon, BCPS communications specialist.
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