On Tuesday, May 10 residents of the Milford School District went to the polls and voted for two contested seat for the Milford School Board. The seat to represent Area “C” was a contested race between candidates Deborah A. O’Neill and Renate K. Wiley. The At-Large seat was a contested race between candidates Patrick J. Emory, Mark A. Dissinger, Robert Reif and Deneen Smith. At the end of the day Renate Wiley and Patrick Emory came out the victors.
Renate Wiley defeated Deborah O’Neill by a margin of 69.57% to 30.43% (551 out of a total of 792 votes). Mrs. Wiley was a school nurse at the Milford Senior High School for 19 years. Prior to her service with the district she was a public health nurse for 10 years. During her tenure with the school district Renate was the class advisor for all three of her daughters’ classes, involved with the peer listener student group and a representative of the Milford Education Association (MEA).
Renate is “proud and humbled by the support and trust” that the community has placed in her by electing her to serve on the school board. “I want to thank Debbie O’Neill on a good campaign and her commitment and service to the Milford School District,” commented Mrs. Wiley. She states that her first responsibility will be to listen, learn and keep an open mind while she listens to the concerns of the community. She plans to be visible and accessible to the public.
Renate will focus on improving morale in the district. “I think by improving the morale everyone will come out as winners. I am excited and ready to roll up my sleeves to work for this district,” stated Mrs. Wiley.
Patrick Emory won his election by a margin of 72.8% (578 out of a total of 792 votes). Pat Emory is a 7th generation Milfordian with a family background in farming in the upper Sussex and lower Kent County area. Pat has worked over 26 years for the State of Delaware starting as an 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 and will now serve a third term.
Mr. Emory is looking forward to trying to get the morale in the district back among faculty and staff members. “How the teachers feel and act will have an impact on how the students perform. I will be focusing on finding what changes need to be made in order to change those morale issues and create a strong education for the students,” commented Emory.
Renate and Pat will each serve 5-year terms on the Milford School Board and be sworn in on Wednesday, July 11 in the Board Room at the Milford Middle School at 7pm. For complete election results visit The Kent County Department of Election’s Official Tally Results at http://electionskc.delaware.gov/results/2011/School%20Board/Milford%20Official%20Results.pdf.