Milford Board of Education seeking applicants for temporary seat

A few weeks ago, Milford Board of Education member Judy Purcell resigned or seat on the Milford School District Board of Education after she moved out of area she was elected to represent. This has left a vacancy for a seat in Area D of the district that will need to be filled. At the regular meeting on Dec 21, the board voted unanimously to accept applications in order to appoint someone to serve a temporary term until Jun 30, 2021.

“We must post the position for at least two weeks,” Dr. Kevin Dickerson, Superintendent, said. “During that time, we would accept applications and then hold a meeting where those who applied could speak to the board and answer questions. After that, the board would make a nomination and vote for one of the candidates to take the seat until Jun 2021. The seat would be up for election in May 2021.”

A similar situation occurred when Ron Evans resigned his position on the school board a few years ago, resulting in the appointment of Rony Baltazar-Lopez who won re-election the following year.

“We do have a policy on this, and I think we need to follow it,” Baltazar-Lopez said. “We already set a precedent and, as a former appointee, I saw an opportunity to be on the board that may not have existed if this policy was not in place. I think doing it this way will provide us with more diverse candidates for the board.”

Milford School District Board Policy 8206 states that when a vacancy on the board occurs other than at the expiration of a term, the board must advertise in local newspapers and on the radio that there is a vacancy. Applications must be accepted from candidates and screened for eligibility before being interviewed for the vacancy. All eligible candidates must be interviewed before the board can elect the person who will serve until the end of the fiscal year.

Anyone who is interested in applying for the position must submit a formal request for consideration of appointment with a letter of interest. This must be accompanied by a resume that includes the applicant’s education and professional background. Applicants must be a citizen of the United States as well as Delaware. They must also reside in the Area D geographical portion of Milford School District. Applicants must be at least 18, cannot be a paid employee of the district and must never have been convicted of embezzlement.

Area D serves the following geographical area of the district:

Beginning at the northeast corner of Cedar Creek Millpond proceed directly northwest along the center of Road 30 to the point where Roads 30 and 207 intersect; thence southwest along the center of Road 207 to the point where Roads 207 and 211 intersect; thence northwest along the center of Road 211 to a branch being the northeast boundary of the James Deputy property; continue northwest along this branch to the Milford city line; west along the city line to Herring Branch; follow Herring Branch southwest to a point approximately .2 miles south of Road 207; thence follow a line directly west to Road 42; south along the center of Road 42 to Road 594; southwest along the center of Road 594 to the present boundary of the reorganized Milford School District. Thence follow the existing common boundary between Milford and the Woodbridge, Indian River, and Cape Henlopen School Districts to the northeast corner of Cedar Creek Millpond.

Applications must be received by 4:00 pm on Jan 11, 2021 and may be sent to:

Milford Board of Education

c/o Milford School District

Attention: Mrs. Trish Gerken, Public Information Officer

906 Lakeview Avenue

Milford, DE 19963

A map of Area D can be found on the Milford School District website.

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