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  • Miller Green's choice for 'super'

  • Jeffery Miller is expected to be Green Local Schools’ next superintendent.

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  • Jeffery Miller is expected to be Green Local Schools’ next superintendent.
    Forty candidates applied for the superintendent position left vacant when Michael Nutter announced his resignation in April. Thursday and Friday, the board conducted public interviews with Miller and the second finalist Dennis Honkala.
    The board announced Miller as its choice for the job today. It will officially vote on Miller’s contract during a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Administration Building.
    "We felt both candidates were excellent, but we felt that Jeff was the best fit for our district going forward,” said school board member Bob Campbell who lead the search committee for the next superintendent.
    For Miller, the job is the perfect fit.
    "I don't see Green as a stepping stone,” Miller said during the public interview this week, “as I plan to stay here as long as the district will keep me."
    Miller has been with the district since 2000, serving as a teacher, assistant principal and, most recently, as Green Middle School principal.
    During his interview, Miller emphasized that communication will be his focus early on. He has plans to develop a community newsletter that will keep residents connected to their schools. Social media will also be important tools for connecting the community to everyday learning in the district and Miller hopes to enhance the schools’ presence online.
    "We need to communicate in all different ways,” Miller said, “and not only approach the community when it is time for a levy.”
    Miller also hopes to create a safe learning environment where students can thrive, achieving higher levels of success in the classroom.
    For Miller, one of the key challenges will be managing the budget. The district’s five-year financial forecast shows that funding is stable through 2015. With careful spending the district could extend that financial stability through 2017. Miller believes in being fiscally conservative and using the resources Green has in the best possible ways.
    "With every decision,” he said, “we make we must question if it is a need or a want.”
    He had not yet decided if the district will need to an assistant superintendent.

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