Nine Apply for Open School Board Seat


by Terry Rogers

 Earlier this year, Ron Evans, a member of the Milford School District Board of Education, submitted his resignation due to an employment opportunity. Because there was only one year left on Evans’ term, Milford School District Board Policy required that they accept applications for the vacant seat and appoint someone to serve for the remainder of Evans’ term.

“This is an at-large seat which means the candidate can live anywhere in Milford School District,” Superintendent Kevin Dickerson said. “The deadline for applications was Friday, May 10 at 4 PM. At that time, we had nine people who expressed interest in serving out Mr. Evans term.”

Candidates for the open position include Rony Baltazar-Lopez, Nikki Cooper, Frederick Duffy, Crystal Kenton Lynch, Michael McKain, Beth Neeman, Michael Wells, Jean Wylie and Joseph Ziegler.

On May 22, questions were sent to each potential candidate. Candidates were asked why they want to part of the board, what background or experiences would help them if they were chosen to serve and what they believe a school board member’s role should be. Each candidate was to return written responses to those questions by May 30, 2019.

On June 3, each candidate will be provided no more than 10 minutes to address the Board as well as those in attendance at the meeting. The answers to the questions provided by each candidate will also be read at that meeting.

“I wonder if when we hear from the candidates, we could also ask if the person intends to run next year when the seat is up for re-election,” Board Member David Vezmar asked. “It would be nice to know if they plan on this being a “one-and-done” year or they have intentions to continue on the board after that.” Dr. Dickerson explained that it would be possible to pose that question to candidates.

The board will vote on the board member selected to replace Evans at the regular meeting on June 17. Those not chosen will be provided information on what the next steps are should they choose to challenge the selected person in 2020.


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