On Monday, July 25, Milford School District Board of Education approved Shawn Snyder as the new Milford High School Principal. Mr. Snyder served as the Assistant Principal over the past school year and was appointed as Interim Principal after Dr. Kelly Green left the district for a position in Dover.
“I am honored and excited for the opportunity to serve Milford School District in a new capacity,” Mr. Snyder said. “I am very excited about some of the new programs we will have this year and cannot wait to meet the new students who are joining us at the high school as well as working with those we have over the past few years. I live here in Milford, my son attends Milford School District and I am thrilled to be able to serve students in the town I call home.”
Mr. Snyder earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Indiana University of PA and his Master’s Degree from the University of Delaware. He has been with Milford School District for 15 years, serving as the Milford High School Librarian for several of those years.
In addition to Mr. Snyder, Nancy Carter was appointed as the Assistant Principal at Mispillion Elementary School. Ms. Carter earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Wilmington University and Master’s Degrees at the University of Delaware and Wilmington University. She has 18 years of experience in education.
After voting to accept all personnel changes in the district, Jason Peel, Director of Secondary Education, spoke to the board about starting sixth grade students at Milford Central Academy one day sooner than seventh and eighth grade students.
“Students are coming into sixth grade from different elementary schools,” Mr. Peel said. “This would give them the opportunity to get comfortable with the layout of the school, get to meet their fellow classmates and get acclimated without the pressure of students in higher grades in the building. Nancy Carnevale is working on activities for that day to make the students more comfortable. We still need to coordinate with transportation and child nutrition, but we feel this would be very beneficial for students.”
If the decision is made to start sixth grade students earlier, seventh and eighth grade would begin August 24 while sixth grade will start on August 23. This is similar to high school start dates as ninth grade students will also start school on August 23 while tenth through twelfth grade start on August 24.
“As the grandmother of a child who will start sixth grade this year and I am sure Mrs. Dennehy as the mother of a sixth grade student this year will attest, I think this is a wonderful idea,” Renate Wiley, President of the Milford School Board said. “I know the anxiety level is high as they start a new school with students they may not have met before. I think this would be a great way to get them acclimated.”
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