By Terry Rogers
On Thursday, July 6, 2017, Milford School District Board of Education held their annual reorganization meeting. At the meeting, two new board members were sworn in and board leadership was chosen. Judith C. Purcell, who ran unopposed in the May election, was sworn into the Area D seat formerly held by Barry R. Fry who chose not to run for re-election. Ms. Purcell retired as a teacher with Milford School District and said that she has often considered running for school board.
“It seemed the appropriate time,” Ms. Purcell said. “It is in the spirit of giving that I step forth in service to students, teachers and this community. Education is the greatest resource we have in forming our citizens of tomorrow and I want to be a lead agent in providing our students with that quality education. I can think of no better way to continue that service than by representing students, teachers and our community on the Milford School Board.”
Ronald T. Evans was sworn in to the At-Large Seat formerly held by Eugene Rust who also chose not to run for re-election. Mr. Evans is the spouse of a teacher in Milford School District and has children who attend school in the district. He was the top candidate in a field of five which included Michael Firch, Michael McKain, Jason Miller, and Michael Wells.
“My business skills as a bank executive will allow me to understand district finances and to make educated decisions to position the district for ongoing success while also providing transparency and honesty in the community,” Mr. Evans said. “My experiences will also allow me to provide support to teachers and staff in the District and ensure that all students are afforded the opportunity to become successful through a strong education.”
After each new board member was sworn in, elections were held for President and Vice-President. Renate Wiley was re-elected as Board President while Yvette Dennehy was elected Vice-President. The new board members will serve five year terms.
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