by Terry Rogers
On Monday, July 29, the Milford School District Board of Education appointed Jean Wylie to a vacant At-Large position which opened when Yvette Dennehy resigned last month. Wylie will complete the remainder of Dennehy’s term. Wylie is not a stranger to Milford School District, however, having worked for the district for 46 years.
“I have lived in Milford since 1974 and worked as a teacher and administrator in the district for 46 years,” Wylie said. “I feel that working as a teacher and administrator, I can continue to offer insights to make a difference in the district. In addition, I will advocate for all students to be the best students in our state. There was a time when our students attended colleges and were recognized for their writing and math skills. I would like for this to happen again. One child is no less important than another. We are a diverse community and must celebrate that diversity.”
Wylie began her career with Milford School District as a student teacher under Jo Wood at Lulu Ross Elementary School and then taught first grade at the school for two years. She also taught pre-first grade before there were early childhood programs in the district. In 1989, she became the Assistant Principal at Milford Middle School, working among 1,400 students between the ages of 11 and 14. Ten years later, she became Assistant Principal under Dr. Kae Keister at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School. In 2003, she took over the Principal position at the elementary school in a brand new building. Wylie retired from that position in 2014 but continued to work with the district in several capacities, including serving on the recent Lakeview Property Committee that helped decide the fate of the former Milford Middle School.
“A key issue for school board is to create a long-term vision, mapping a course that provides the necessary opportunities that all staff must reach,” Wylie said. “I feel that as a member of the board, we are responsible for establishing and maintaining a structure that supports this vision, that empowers the staff and provides effective leadership. In order to do this, teamwork, community goals and working partnerships on a shared vision are important.”
Wylie also feels that everything related to the board, from the budget to school calendars and student achievement must be regularly evaluated. She believes that the district should focus on enhancing and enriching what goes on there.
“By working together, we can share in the knowledge and satisfaction that we have provided for the educational needs for all children and have built a district where students, parents, teachers and staff feel they are welcome and belong,” Wylie said. “Serving as a school board member is complex, which requires commitment and dedication. Often, it can be frustrating with long hours and difficult decisions. However, it is rewarding to the students we have served to go on and lead productive lives due to the educational opportunity we have created, hopefully to return to Milford with what they have learned.”
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