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Millner: Higher test scores are priority

Monday, October 28, 2013

Raising student test scores to at or above state levels on SOLs, SATs, PSATs and other state-mandated tests is the top priority of Henry County School Board candidate Curtis Millner Sr.

He is running unopposed for a fourth term as Iriswood District representative on the board in the Nov. 5 election.

Millner said he believes the way to raise student test scores is “continue with what we are doing now; ensure that we hire and retain the best teachers available; continue to work to reduce class sizes, the student-teacher ratio; and work to raise teacher salaries to at or above state levels.”

He pointed out that in Henry County Schools and some other school districts in Virginia, passing rates dropped on some Standards of Learning tests because of more rigorous tests and standards in some subjects.

He said another priority of his is “to improve physical plants,” such as by remodeling or replacing John Redd Smith and Sanville elementary schools.

“John Redd is the biggest problem. It and Sanville are the worst two schools that we have. I’m for any and all plans that would alleviate the problems at those two schools,” Millner said.

The third worst school in terms of physical facilities is Stanleytown Elementary, according to Millner. It is not as serious as the other two, but it has mobile classrooms that need to be eliminated, he said.

Millner, 71, of Laurel Drive in Laurel Park, received associate and bachelor’s degrees in general studies from Columbia (Mo.) College and an associate degree in industrial technology from Patrick Henry Community College. He served 23 years in the Army, 12 years as an enlisted man and nine years as warrant officer, retiring as a CW3 (chief warrant officer 3).

He taught JROTC for six years in Henry County Schools, was a rural mail carrier a year and a half, and worked 14 years for the Henry County Public Service Authority as an industrial mechanic and later supervisor.

His past and current affiliations include: past board member for Henry County Parks and Recreation; past member and past president of Martinsville-Henry County Office on Youth; past board member of Piedmont Arts Association; current member of Martinsville-Henry County NAACP; has served on the Henry County School Board 12 years, board chairman from 2005-07; past board president and now board member of Piedmont Governor’s School.

He has been affiliated with numerous church organizations, including past president of Smith River Missionary Baptist Association (SRMBA) Deacon and Deaconess Auxiliary; past president of SRMBA Sunday School Convention; currently treasurer of SRMBA and assistant treasurer of the Virginia State Baptist Deacon and Deaconess Auxiliary; and has served as chairman of the Fayette Area Historical Association for five years.

Millner is married to Virginia Millner and has a son, Curtis II; daughter, Veronica; and five grandchildren.


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