Four vie for one board seat May 8

The candidates for the Caesar Rodney School Board are incumbent P. Scott Wilson of Dover and challengers Tracey M. Miller of Camden-Wyoming, John G. Moore Sr. of Magnolia and William C. Victory Sr. of Dover.

(Note: the photographs of Mr. Wilson and Mr. Victory were transposed in the May 3 print edition of the Dover Post. The photographs here are in the correct order.)

Tracey M. Miller

Why are you running?

I have a passion and commitment to make sure every child has an opportunity to receive a sound and complete educational experience. This experience should be enough to propel them to the next phase of their career, whether it be a college student, a tradesperson or a farmer.

What are the important topics facing the district?

There are several issues that will challenge the district, and we must be able to function as a team to create a roadmap for the future. They are how to keep our children and staff safe, and facing the challenge of budgetary cuts for education coming from the state and federal governments.

We can’t teach, feed and keep people safe if you don’t have the funds to make it happen.

What would you bring to the board?

I feel my prior municipal finance experience working with the superintendent of schools would be most helpful to the board. I also believe being a parent of two young children within the school system, my experience in educational and municipal budgeting, my substitute teaching background, and my experience as a volunteer parent within the school system would be a huge addition to the board.

John G. Moore Sr.

Why are you running?

School board members are one of the most important elected positions that an individual can hold. Their decisions are immediate and life-changing as they relate to the lives of children and families. Having the honor to serve and support the community through education as an advocate for children, families, and educators and facilitating community engagement, influencing policy and ensuring accountability for all children is one of my highest priorities.

What are the important topics facing the district?

School safety and ensuring school staff is properly trained to deal with the increasing needs of children and families so every child has meaningful relationships with caring adults and building a sense of community that connects children, families, and educators. Funding and resources that support teachers and principals to meet the needs of students and having facilities that support learning via technology and social growth through extracurricular activities.

What would you bring to the board?

I’m a community champion with excellent leadership skills as a military veteran. As the vice president for a major nonprofit, I’m a leading fundraising professional successfully managing multi-million dollar campaigns. As the father of two CR graduates and mentor to hundreds of students in the district, I have a unique ability to engage people from diversified walks of life.

P. Scott Wilson

Why are you running?

I am proud of the many accomplishments of the students of our district. During the last five years, Caesar Rodney students have excelled in the classroom, on the field, in the studio, and on the stage. While preparing to become tomorrow’s leaders they are busy contributing to the community today. Having benefited from a Caesar Rodney education myself, I am the proud parent of three CR students, and my wife teaches in the district, I have a vested interest in the success of Caesar Rodney.

What are the important topics facing the district?

The safety of our children is paramount. We must ensure that parents trust us to keep their children safe or everything else is moot. Additionally, I have a responsibility to taxpayers to ensure fiscal responsibly and the long-term viability of Caesar Rodney.

What would you bring to the board?

In addition to my experience on this board, I have spent my career as an attorney serving Delaware. I have unique knowledge regarding the legal and political issues facing our district. As a parent, a lifelong district resident and a graduate of CR, I also have a unique passion for our district. These combined will continue to allow me to make decisions that benefit the best interests of our district.

William C. Victory Sr.

Why are you running?

As an educator, parent and grandparent in the district, I believe I have a unique perspective to bring to the school board. These roles help me evaluate weaknesses and strengths in the district and community. If good people in our community don’t run for offices like this, then who does? I believe I am one of those good people who want to give back to the community I grew up in.

What are the important topics facing the district?

Monitoring the safety of our children in the community and schools; connecting the parents, educators, administrators and students together with a united front for the betterment of all students; stabilizing the education process financially so that we can continue to push the district forward as one of the best in the state and providing all district employees equal value for their part in the process of educating our students.

What would you bring to the board?

I would bring my experience and strength as a teacher and a paraprofessional, along with a great sense of teamwork. I would also bring the ability to communicate with people who share a common cause to work together for a better education process.