Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Fredericksen and the Wicomico County Board of Education are pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Kimberly D. “Kim” Miles as Assistant Superintendent for Student and Family Services, effective Jan. 1, 2016.
“To increase the focus on student learning and to place a higher priority on improving behavior and changing our disciplinary rates, I am restructuring the current Director of Student and Family Services position to Assistant Superintendent for Student and Family Services,” said Dr. John Fredericksen, Superintendent of Schools.
As Assistant Superintendent for Student and Family Services, Mrs. Miles will retain most of her current tasks as Director of Student and Family Services, but will now carry increased supervisory responsibilities and will report directly to the superintendent. Goals for the new position include faster response time for student discipline processing and a greater focus on heavier users of disciplinary resources, Dr. Fredericksen said. In time, there may be other adjustments in the Student & Family Services Division as the school system matches needs with resources. The division will now be headed by the Assistant Superintendent for Student and Family Services, and it will not have a Director of Student and Family Services.
“This restructuring in Student and Family Services will allow Dr. Margo Handy, currently the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Student Services, to spend more time working with directors, principals, supervisors, and teachers on delivering education that is scientifically based and data-driven for improved learning,” Dr. Fredericksen said.
A number of years ago Wicomico Schools had three assistant superintendents, but in difficult budget times the school system had to trim down to two assistant superintendents with all of the areas of responsibility divided between them. Restoring the third assistant superintendent position will mean that one assistant superintendent will be charge of each of these three key areas of operations for Wicomico County Public Schools:
Dr. Margo Handy, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction: instruction, curriculum, schools, school improvement, assessments, professional development, Special Education, parent and family involvement, and special permission.
Mrs. Kimberly Miles, Assistant Superintendent for Student and Family Services: enrollment services, pupil personnel workers, school health services, school counseling services, Wicomico Mentoring Project, Safe and Orderly Schools, and the alternative education pathways program
Dr. Cathy Townsend, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services: Business Support Services, Facility Services, Food Service, Human Resources, Procurement, Technology, and Transportation Services
A graduate of Delmar Junior/Senior High School, Mrs. Miles studied at and received her Bachelor of Arts in English Education from what was then known as Salisbury State College. She began her career in education in Wicomico County in 1988, teaching ILA – Integrated Language Arts as well as grade 8 English at Bennett Middle School. She served as the first secondary MSPAP coach in Wicomico County, focusing on supporting and guiding teachers in the use of a variety of instructional strategies, management strategies, and assessment strategies.
Seeking new avenues for helping young people reach for their goals, she then earned her Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Salisbury State University and entered the world of school administration, first as assistant principal at Pittsville Elementary & Middle School in 1999, then as assistant principal at Wicomico Middle School in 2001. She was appointed principal of Wicomico Middle School in 2003 and had many rewarding experiences as she continued to seek ways to challenge, support, and move forward the many students, staff and families with whom she worked.
As a believer in the power of learning and challenging her professional and personal growth, Mrs. Miles transitioned into the position of Director of Secondary Education in 2007. She enjoyed the many experiences she shared with our middle and high schools in Wicomico County. Since July 2014, she has served as the Director of Student and Family Services, transitioning into a position that has enabled her to serve all schools, students, and families in Wicomico County Public Schools.