The School Board election will be held on May 8 with polls open from 10am to 8pm. Voting will take place at the Lulu Ross Elementary School, Morris Early Childhood Center and Benjamin Banneker Elementary School. Five candidates are competing for two seats on The Milford School Board of Education. Barry R. Fry, Regina Williams, and Gary Wolfe will be competing for the At Large seat on the Milford School Board.
Barry R. Fry .66, and his wife Carol have been married for 43 years and have 2 daughters, Renee and Lisa. He graduated from Harrington High School in 1964 and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware in Plant Science from the School of Agriculture. Mr. Fry has his Maters Degree in Human Resource Management (School Leadership and Instruction) from Wilmington University and is a Certified Secondary Administrator. Barry served in the United States Army from 1969-1971 reaching the rank of Captain. Mr. Fry was an Agricultural Teacher at Milford Senior High School from 1971-2009 while also serving as F.F.A. Advisor.
Why are you running for School Board?
I am running for the school board because after retirement, I was encouraged to run for the board. After thinking about it and being encouraged by my wife, I decided to run.
What past experiences will you draw on to assist you on the Milford School Board if you are elected?
I have served as President of the Carlisle Fire Co., Carlisle Fire Co. Board of Directors, President of the Delaware Agricultural Teachers Association And also Sec./Treasurer, President of the Harrington High School Alumni Association, University of Delaware Agriculture Alumni Board of Directors. I have 37 ½ yrs as an Agricultural Teacher, F.F.A. Advisor at Milford Senior High School and currently the President of the Milford FFA Alumni Association. I am a Delaware Fire School Instructor, Volunteer Delaware Hunter Education instructor and Delaware Safe Boating Instructor and Vocational Dept Chairperson since 1989 at Milford Senior High School.
What is the greatest success Milford School District has had in the last two years?
The building of two schools in the District has been the greatest successes. These two new additions were initiated by former Superintendent Robert Smith.
What do you hope to have accomplished by the end of your next term if you are elected?
I hope to be able to work with the other board members, administration, faculty and staff to guide the District through Race to the Top Requirements and Funding when the Federal and State money is reduced.
How will you assist the new Superintendent in his/her role in the District?
As a board member, I do not have any individual authority, however, as a unified board, we can offer insight to the new Superintendent as to the dynamics of the district and if asked, I can offer past experience as a teacher. I can offer extra time and energy to any project that I am asked to do.
Why should people pull the lever for you on May 8?
I can assure the voters of the district that I will strive to be the best board member I can be. I will vote on issues based upon what is best for our students in the district and how it will affect the classroom environment. If I agree with something, I will express it. If I disagree with something, I will also express it. People will know where I stand and I would hope that people will feel free to express their concerns to me and be assured I will listen and relay their concerns to the proper authority. If people have a question and cannot receive satisfaction, I will do my best to get an answer as quickly as possible.