SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -Sharon Miller is seeking re-election to her third, three-year term on the South Plainfield Board of Education (BOE); BOE elections will be held with the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. This year four candidates are vying for three at-large seats.
A resident of South Plainfield for over 30 years, Miller and her husband Joseph have two adult daughters who attended South Plainfield Schools from Future Stars through to high school. A graduate of Kean University, Miller worked for a major healthcare and pharmaceutical company for 23 years.
On a local front, she has spearheaded Project Graduation for the past 10 years, been involved with PTO for over 20 years, including serving as PTO president at the high school for the past 8 years, and is a member of the Hall of Fame Committee and High School Student Leadership Team. Additionally, Miller was involved with the community-based Redistricting Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, the High School Middle States Team and was an executive board member for both the South Plainfield Field Hockey Association and South Plainfield Ponytail Softball.
Currently, Miller is serving her second year as president of the board of education and over her six-plus years on the board she has chaired a variety of committees, including the Policy, Curriculum and Public Relations. She has also been a New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) Delegate Assembly Representative for several years and, this past April, received her Certified Board Member Certificate from NJSBA for completing 20 credits of seminars, conferences and courses.
“It definitely adds to my knowledge of boardsmanship, increases my knowledge and makes me more prepared for things,” said Miller, noting that with so many changes going on today in terms of reforms, testing, curriculum, etc. that the district must implement. “It is important for the board to be educated in certain areas.”
As a member of the board, Miller is proud to have had a hand in some of the many promising changes South Plainfield has made over the years, including but not limited to Freshman Academy, revamped ELA and math at the elementary level, expanded high school programming and the addition of more AP classes.
“There has been a tremendous amount of progress made in the schools over the past couple years. We have a really good school district already and have made a lot of achievements and are constantly making improvements to move forward in the right direction,” said Miller, adding that she hopes to be a part of the district’s search for a new superintendent and a new director of special services as well as the implementation of PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). “It’s an exciting time for kids to be students in South Plainfield,” she said. “My kids did wonderfully here and I feel we are doing better and better every year. I am really excited about what is ahead for us.”
Overall, Miller said she truly enjoys the opportunity to be on the board and would love the opportunity to continue volunteering and giving back to the community. “I feel I am an advocate for our children and the best gift we can given them is a well-rounded education,” she said, adding, “I think I am someone that people trust to do what is right and fair for their children. I have a good track record. I am well-motivated, hardworking, deeply committed and very dedicated.”