On Tuesday, May 10 residents of the Milford School District will be voting for the 5 Year At-Large seat on the Milford School Board from 10 am to 8 pm at three separate polling locations: Banneker Elementary, Lulu Ross Elementary and the Morris Early Childhood Center.
One of the seats for Milford School Board will be a contested race between candidates Patrick J. Emory, Mark A. Dissinger, Robert Reif and Deneen Smith. In a continued effort to keep the Milford community informed and engaged Milfordlive.com has interviewed each candidate with a list of questions regarding the upcoming election. The winner of this election will fill a 5 year term for “At-Large” in the Milford School District.
Mark has lived in Milford for over 12 years and is originally from New Holland, PA. Professionally, he has been the Office Manager of United States Cold Storage in Milford for 9 years and actively involved with Second Street Players in Milford. He has served on the Board of Directors as President, various committee chairs and for the past 5 years has been treasurer. Mark and his wife Tracy have been together almost 19 years and have a daughter, Libby, who is currently in 8th grade at the Milford Central Academy
Q. What accomplishments are you proud of?
A. I am most proud of my family. We moved to Delaware over 12 years ago without knowing anyone here. Since then, my family has flourished in many ways. My wife has a successful career as an Occupational Therapist and Director of Rehab for a facility in Millsboro. My daughter is a great student and has found the sport of field hockey which she enjoys playing defense and we have become part of a great community theatre, Second Street Players, in Milford. I have also become involved with the community through Downtown Milford Inc. and other groups throughout Milford.
Q. Why are you running for School Board?
A. My interest in the Milford School Board stems from my desire to serve the public and continue to help improve the future of our community by helping to improve the quality of education that our children – our future business, community and economic leaders – receive.
Q. What would you like to see done during your first term?
A. I would like to see better communication between the families of the school district and the district itself. Good open communication is important in any situation. The teaching staff of the district needs to know that they have a voice and their ideas must be heard. The families of the Milford School District should also know what discussions and planning items are taking place so that they are well informed and understand issues and decisions.
Q. What are the current issues facing the Milford School District?
A. Among the many important issues facing our district, parental involvement and more open communication are issues that need to be focused on. As the parent of a student in the Milford School District, I feel that parental involvement is the key for success of any student. There are situations where the teacher becomes the parent for various reasons and the District much reach out to these families to find ways to engage them and give them the desire to become active in both their child’s education and the available school programs to help their child succeed, as well as their family. The best foundation for a student’s well rounded education and success in life starts in the home with parental involvement. Finding ways to open communication between the school as a whole and the home, as well as the various parent/teacher groups is a key to being successful.
Q. What does a vote for you stand for?
A. If elected I will be responsible to the people of the community that elected me to this position. My main responsibility will be to the students of the Milford School District and their education. We have to focus on what is best for all students. It will be my responsibility to be prepared and make the difficult decisions. There is also a responsibility to the District’s staff, particularly, our teachers. Teachers must have the tools such as proper curriculum, strategies, and technology. Combine those tools with their passion, training, and experience and it will hopefully engage children to learn and enjoy learning. We must focus on performance, compliance and accountability. We have a responsibility to our students, parents and the community to run an efficient and productive school system.
Voting will take place on May 10, 2011 from 10 am to 8 pm at three separate polling locations: Banneker Elementary, Lulu Ross Elementary and the Morris Early Childhood Center. Absentee voting is available for those eligible voters who are unable to go to the polls on May 10, 2011. Call 739-4498 for information on obtaining an affidavit to enable this office to mail a ballot to you or vote absentee ballot in person at the Kent County Department of Elections Office, Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P. M., now until May 9, 2011 12:00 Noon. There will be extended hours on May 7, 2011 – 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Bring proof of identity and address. To the Department of Elections for Kent County located at 100 Enterprise Place, Suite 5, Dover, DE 19904. The office can be reached by calling 302-739-4498.