On Monday, December 12 the Milford School Board held a meeting at the Milford Middle School Board Room where they planned to discuss the contract of Superintendent Sharon Kanter among the evening’s agenda items. At the start of the meeting School Board President Patrick Emory announced that Sharon Kanter had turned in her letter of intent to retire as Milford School District Superintendent due to personal issues. School Board member Herman Cohee made a motion to accept the letter of intent and Linda Russell seconded the motion which was carried by the Milford School Board.
Ms. Kanter served the Milford School District for two and a half years, taking over as Superintendent in 2009 following Dr. Robert Smith. She built a career in the Baltimore City School District where she supervised 15 separate high school. As Superintendent of the Milford School District she oversaw the construction of Milford Central Academy, Mispillion Elementary School and the implementation of Milford’s first school uniform policy.
In the summer of 2011, a petition was organized by Paul Mills to discuss problems he saw with the Milford School District and the removal of Superintendent Sharon Kanter. As it began to gain momentum in the community a second petition in opposition to the first, led by Dwayne Powell, organized in support of Ms. Kanter and the job she has done at the Milford School District. At the August 22 School Board Meeting the Board decided that this discussion was to take place during an executive session since it involved decisions of a Milford School District employee. No public forum or decisions were made on the matter of either petition at that meeting.
Superintendent Kanter’s replacement will have several obstacles during their tenure including the predicted 2014 budget shortfall. On November 8 Sharon Kanter led a Milford School District community meeting where she and others discussed the budget crisis and updates on the federal Race to the Top program. Ms. Kanter explained that the K-12 public education financial structure is not sufficient to maintain current services and performance levels.
As Milford School District looks for a replacement, they will need to find a qualified individual who can take on the financial and managerial challenges that lie ahead. Sharon Kanter will serve as Milford School District Superintendent through June 30, 2012. When asked to comment on her decision to retire Ms. Kanter declined to comment.