**The polls will be open Tuesday, May 14 from 10am until 8pm at Benjamin Banneker Elementary – 449 North Street; Milford Evelyn I. Morris Early Childhood Center – 8609 Third Street, Lincoln; and Lulu Ross Elementary – 310 Lovers Lane, Milford.**
After the filing deadline for the Milford Board of Education on Friday, March 1, it was determined that six candidate were running for the At-large position. Candidates seeking the At-Large seat for the Milford School District Board of Education include Hunter Emory, Kevin W. Marshall Jr., Natalie R. Shockley, Alan R. Southard, Robert B. Vincelette Jr. and Michael Wells. School Board Elections will be held on Tuesday, May 14, and the winner of the election will serve a five year term. Milford LIVE sat down with candidates and asked them questions regarding our community schools, children and parents.
Alan Southard and his wife Jackie have raised three sons that all attended and graduated from the Milford School District. Alan and his family live in Lincoln, near the Morris School and were “happy when it was reopened.” Mr. Southard is a Masters Level psychotherapist, counseling for the past 41 years, and has owned his own private practice in Milford called Community Counseling Associates for the last 21 years.
What do you think are the greatest challenges the Milford School Board faces?
I have been interested in the School Board for years and now have the time to participate more. I also think we now have a Superintendent that cares AND is competent, and it would be a pleasure to work with. Finally, I believe that we need to more strongly address the mental health needs of both the students and the staff in order to create a better and safer learning environment. As everywhere, the Milford School District is being asked to do more with less. The Board will need to become very creative to make these changes.
What would you like to see done with the Milford Middle School building that was recently closed?
I need to learn more about the Middle School issues, but this can be an opportunity to become very creative as I mentioned above.
How do you feel about the implementation of three additional School Resource Officers in the District?
Resource Officers can be a valuable asset, but we don’t want to allow events to build to a crisis when we can prevent it. Of course, a crisis can spark quickly and Resource Officers can be both a deterrant and an intervention when necessary. It is sad to me that they are needed, but we apparently do need them and hopefully they can build relationships with students and staff that support stability.
What are your thoughts surrounding DCAS testing?
One of my favorite sayings is “Nothing is constant but change”. However, when testing standards keep changing….and changing…and changing, it can actually make it difficult to establish stability.
Why should voters choose you on election day?
If voters want someone committed to addressing and improving the mental health issues of everyone involved in the Milford School District, then vote for me. I will be independent minded and yet focused on working together as a team player to make our school district the best one in Delaware.