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. Eugene H. Rust and Dean Johnson will be competing for the Area “D” seat on the Milford School Board.
Mr. Johnson was born and raised in Lincoln, Delaware and graduated from Milford Senior High School in 1998. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 2003 with a degree in Engineering and began working at Richard Y. Johnson & Son Inc. Dean is currently Vice President at Richard Y. Johnson & Son.
Why are you running for School Board?
I am running for the board because now is a very important time for the district. The district is soon going to hire a new super and getting the new person on a running start will be crucial. I do want to point out some people might think it is a conflict of interest for me to running for the board because my company does construction work for it. This has no reasoning of why I am running and if decisions where voted on that were a conflict I would not vote. My simple reason for running is making the district better.
What past experiences will you draw on to assist you on the Milford School Board if you are elected?
The past experience I will lean on most is my professional experience. I deal with a variety of people at work but we all have a common goal in getting the project completed. To get things accomplished you need to be a good communicator and be able to get people to buy into your program. You also need to be able to make tough decisions understanding that your decisions swill not always make everyone happy. Through my profession I have been able to work with a lot of school districts such as CR, lake Forest and Sussex Tech. This has helps me understand issues that districts face and it also gives me avenues to communicate with them if elected to see how they are handling things.
What are specific issues that currently face the Milford School District?
The current issues as I see them is going to be the transition of the new Super and making sure he or she gets off on a positive note. Positive note meaning support from the administration, teachers and community. Another issue is budget. Making sure finances are spent in efficient ways. Being a business owner I have a good understanding of financial responsibility. Other issues…. Get some pride back in Milford.
What is the greatest success Milford School District has had in the last two years?
I’m going to be weak on this one but I think we should be most proud that our district is rated as commendable. I keep hearing the districts morale is down and we are still able to deliver education to the kids at the second highest rating. Imagine what we could do if the morale came back.
What do you hope to have accomplished by the end of your next term if you are elected?
I would like to get the district at a whole moving in the same direction and believing in the direction they are going.
How will you assist the new Superintendent in his/her role in the District?
Really the school board and the super should work hand in hand. So my assistance will come from the decisions I make. Other than my decisions I would try and make the super understand the expectations of the community to the position. You need the communities support as well as the boards.
Why should people pull the lever for you on May 8?
People should vote for me because I care about the future of the district and will make the best decisions for it. I also feel my age will bring diversity to the board.