The Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees will have at least one new member after the November general election, with Trustee Amy Miller announcing that she will not be seeking re-election.
Originally appointed to the board in September 2010 and re-elected for two more terms, Miller said that she had known for a while that she would not run for a fourth term.
“Serving this community has been one of the most fulfilling, and challenging, the past couple of years, experiences of my lifetime,” Miller stated in her announcement. “Being so involved in our schools has kept me relevant and helped me to restart my career where I left off 20 years ago. I’m excited to be back in the workforce, helping people and doing work I love.”
Miller’s departure leaves the Area 1 seat open, a district which encompasses the southern half of West Dublin. Kristin Wright Pelham, the only resident of Area 1 who has yet declared her intent to run for the seat, has been endorsed by Miller.
Miller’s term, during which she also served as board president, spanned a particularly contentious period in DUSD’s history. The last few years have seen the departure of three consecutive superintendents, highly-contested board elections and trustee appointments, and very public disagreements over the construction of a new high school, among other issues.
“The Dublin Unified School District has progressed so much, even in the face of the many obstacles we’ve seen these last few years,” Miller acknowledged. “I have no doubt it will continue to do so and we will get through this pandemic and leadership issue, and our children will continue to thrive.”
When asked about her proudest achievement throughout her time with DUSD, Miller discussed her concurrent work on the Tri-Valley Regional Occupation Program (ROP) Board, for which she is currently the chair.
“I have always been a passionate advocate for career technical education and believe that school districts have a responsibility to provide career exploration and skill development opportunities for all students,” Miller explained. “When I first was appointed to the TVROP Board ten years ago, the program was in jeopardy of failing. As the TVROP chair at that time, the other board members and I met almost daily for months to reorganize and revitalize the program . . . TVROP now is thriving and serves thousands of students, providing relevant career and academic pathways to prepare our students for the workforce and college.”
She also described how much the Middle College program has grown.
“I have witnessed, firsthand, how these programs change lives," she said. "I will always feel proud to have been a part of the dedicated team of people who continue to work tirelessly to ensure TVROP students are given the opportunity to pursue careers by choice, not by chance.”
Debate over a second comprehensive high school also occupied much of Miller’s term. “During my tenure on the Board, we have seen growth and change occur, from not thinking we needed another comprehensive high school, to realizing how much we do, and recognizing the many challenges we faced to bring it to fruition,” she explained. Now, bond measures have been passed and land has been acquired for the school to become a reality.
“We have an amazingly supportive community and they have been integral partners in helping us each step of the way, for which I will always be grateful,” Miller noted. “I will cherish the day students first enter their classrooms and will always feel a sense of pride over the obstacles we overcame to make it a reality.”
“I have learned how to truly advocate for students, how to work as part of an effective Governance Team, (and) how to decipher policy,” Miller stated, saying that she was grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board. “The relationships I’ve created will be my most important takeaway.”
Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and child development, as well as a master’s degree in educational psychology, both from California State University at Northridge. She is a longtime Dublin resident.