by Terry Rogers
This year, the Milford School District Board of Education seat representing Area B, currently held by Marvin Schelhouse, was up for re-election. The deadline to file to run was March 1 and Schelhouse did not file to run again. Kristopher R. Thompson was the only candidate to file for the seat which means he will be appointed at the district’s reorganization meeting in July 2019.
Thompson has lived in Milford since he was in the first grade, graduating from Polytech in 1997 and from Shippensburg University in May 2000. He was hired by the Delaware State Police in 2001.
“I have been a two-sport coach at the Milford Central Academy and I saw the good the board does with the programs and sports at the school,” Thompson said. “I had been told there may be an opening soon and I felt that it was the next step for me in service to the district. I have two children who attend schools in Milford and have participated in a variety of programs and sports while here. I want what is best for them and feel that any decisions made by the board should be made in the same way, in the best interest of the children attending the schools.”
Thompson believes that the biggest challenges facing the board today are balancing the old middle school project with the current overcrowding at Milford Central Academy and the Milford High School. He feels it will be difficult for the public to understand the need for this project and the additional costs completing it will incur, especially with the wide variety of views and financial situation in the Milford area.
“The only way to accomplish this is to be engaged in the community,” Thompson said. “Listening to all sides of each argument and using the knowledge to weigh in on my vote. So far, I have seen great things from Milford and the diverse programs make the school a wise choice. There are great teachers here and, if we give them great facilities, they will help produce great citizens. I don’t see any need for immediate changes in the district. In time, I would like to see the addition of an athletic director that is solely dedicated to the Milford Central Academy to avoid the competing interests of the high school under the current structure.”
Thompson will not be the only new member of the school board this year. A few months ago, Ron Evans, who serves as an At Large member of the board, resigned his position due to an employment opportunity. Under Milford School District policy, applications were accepted to appoint someone to Evans seat in order to complete his term through 2022. The deadline for applications was May 10, 2019 at 4 PM.
“We will discuss and process all applicants for the board seat at the May 20 meeting of the board,” Superintendent Kevin Dickerson said. “More than likely, we will vote on the replacement at our June board meeting.”