by Terry Rogers
Milford School District has two openings on the Board of Education after Hunter Emory and Sharon Kirby both decided not to run for re-election. Jason Miller was the sole candidate for the Area A seat vacated by Mrs. Kirby. Although this means there will not be a school board election in 2018, Mr. Miller provided answers to the following questions in order for parents and members of the community to get to know him, learn how he plans to serve students and the community as a member of the Board of Education and what he sees as the future of the District.
Q: What is your background?
A: I am a graduate of the Milford School District and a lifelong resident. My family lives in Milford and my child goes to the Milford School District. I believe as a member of the school board, I can make a difference in the quality of education for Milford students and give back to my hometown.
Q: What made you decide to run for school board?
A: I am running for school board because I feel as a citizen of the district, I have an obligation to give back. I have watched as many of my childhood schoolmates have volunteered to serve Milford as Board-members, Councilpersons and Mayor. It motivates me to serve.
Q: What are you hoping to change as a member of the board?
A: As a board member, my top hopes and goals will be the expansion of special education, counseling and behavioral programs, continued growth of the district, reduction of class room sizes and continued improvement in the STEM curriculum.
The education of a community’s children is essential to the success of that community. As a member of the Milford School Board, it is my responsible to express the district’s needs and vision to our “diverse” community. The most important thing a school board does is to establish a vision for the community’s schools that reflects a consensus of the board, community and district staff.
Q: What challenges do you see facing the school district in the next few years?
A: The school board has a variety of responsibilities, such as adopting a balanced annual budget and issuing interim financial reports, adopting the school calendar, negotiating contracts with employee unions, approving curriculum materials and closing or constructing schools. I believe my experience in engineering and project management will be an asset to the board.
Effective school boards have a collaborative relationship with staff and the community. I believe it is important to establish a strong communications structure to inform and engage both internal and external stakeholders in setting and achieving district goals.
Lastly, I support educator’s efforts, of all types, that encourage parents to engage with their child’s education and sponsor parent accountability in their child’s academic success and behavior.
Mr. Miller will be sworn in as a new member of the Milford School District Board of Education on July 9, 2018 during the Board’s Reorganization Meeting.
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