The Miller Place board of education incumbent Keith Frank is running unopposed to maintain the position he’s held for the last three years.
The trustee has been a Miller Place resident since 2003, and currently works as a labor and employment attorney for the Silverman Acampora law firm based in Jericho. He moved to Miller Place to raise his kids in what he saw as a good school district and kid-friendly area.
Two of his three kids are currently enrolled in the district. His oldest child graduated from last year. While his kids matured he coached North Shore Little League soccer, softball and baseball.
When Frank ran in 2015 he said he wanted to meet the needs of his own children as well as the rest of the students in the district.
“I got a lot of fulfillment and satisfaction working on the board,” Frank said. “I want to continue that with the great team we have here.”
He said he believes that the main focus of the board should be offering programs for all students with different interests.
“We’re trying to balance the needs and the wishes of everyone, whether it’s arts, athletics or music — whatever the kids want to do,” Frank said. “Not all kids have the same interests. For example, with my kids, one’s athletic, one is interested in the arts. It’s about making sure we can properly fund those and support any of those activities.”
Frank said that technology, science and math focused courses should be a staple in the school’s curriculum to deal with a developing world.
“Kids should be able to go out and properly tackle the world,” he said.
Board president Johanna Testa said she was happy to see Frank put in an application for a second term.
“We’re looking forward to the next couple of years with him here,” she said. “What I find with our current board is we may not all agree with each other all the time, but we work well together and we work toward the common good of the district. [Keith Frank] is an attorney and he’s had experience dealing with contract negotiations and things of that nature. That’s been a benefit to us and the district.”
Last March Miller Place School District hired one armed security guard for each of the four school buildings in the district.
Frank would not go into detail on continuing those services or putting more effort and funds in new security upgrades, but he said options will be reviewed again going into the next school year.
“We’re taking it one step at a time,” Frank said. “We have approved [the security guards] through the end of this year, then we will take up that issue and review it again.”
Board elections will take place with the budget vote Tuesday, May 15 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the North Country Road Middle School gym, at 191 North Country Rd. in Miller Place.
This version was updated to correctly identify at what time and where the budget and trustee vote will take place.