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.
Pat Emory is a 7th generation Milfordian with a family background in farming in the upper Sussex and lower Kent County area. He, his wife and son all graduated from Milford Senior High School. Pat has worked over 26 years for the State of Delaware starting as a environmental protection officer for the Department of Natural Resources. He now is Director of the Office of Communication Services. Pat has served 2 full terms on the Milford School Board, 10 years of service, and is now pursuing re-election for a third term.
Q. What accomplishments have you made during your two terms?
A. During my ten years on the Board we have played a big role in getting the athletic fields updated. I do believe academics are most important in our schools but I also understand that athletics and academics go —hand in hand—-. Involvement in sports helps many students and creates camaraderie in the schools and around our community. Our School District has also done well in competing with surrounding school in our area academically.
We have also seen the construction of The Milford Acdemy and the Mispillion Elementary School. We have been able to create a much better work environment with a great staff.
Q. Why are you running for School Board?
A. I want to do all that I can to help our children receive a quality education in a safe and clean learning environment while using the newest technology that is available to us. I also want to make sure we continue to higher high quality teachers and faculty members.
Q. What do you want to get done during your next term?
A. It is very important that we increase morale in our schools. With salaries and the economy the way they are the administration must be more flexible with teachers or the best and brightest with migrate somewhere else. We need to create consistency in the schools’ administration so we can have stability.
We are starting to lose quality teachers to retirement and we need to make sure the new teachers that we hire are well prepared and can perform at the same level.
I will also try all that I can to inform individuals from the community of what is going on in our schools. A large number of parents cannot come to meeting because of work so we need to reach out to them.
Q. What are the current issues facing the Milford School District?
A. The two most important issues are morale and communication with e public. Morale can start to be dealt with by getting quality teachers back into the classroom and all of us in the district pulling together in the same direction. Communication with the public must be increased so parents know what is going on with their children.
Q. What does a vote for you stand for?
A. A vote for me stands for making sure there is representation for faculty, staff and the public as a whole relative to the direction in which the district is going.
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.