LCS names new assistant superintendent

LCS names new assistant superintendent

David J. Miller II has been hired as the assistant superintendent of operations for the Lexington City Schools.

He will be responsible for transportation, food service, maintenance, Title 9 and student services. He is replacing Earl Kendall, who retired from the school system last month.

Miller, 51, was previously the director of community engagement with Guilford County Schools before starting his position at Lexington City Schools this week.

He received his bachelor of science degree in business education from North Carolina A&T and a master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Miller and his wife, Garnet, have two sons, David and Elijah. He formerly held positions as an educator at Guilford Technical Community College, Reidsville High School, Dudley High School, Ben L. Smith High School and Southeast High School. He served as principal at the Academy at Smith High School and Andrews High School in Guilford County.

He also worked for the North Carolina Democratic Party for a year.

Miller said his first order of business is to take some time to assess the transportation system at all the schools so he can familiarize himself with operations and staff. He said he has already visited several schools and plans to do this on different occasions.

“You want observe first,” Miller said. “After observations, having different discussions and gathering information, we want to see if there are any areas that need attention. Student safety is mission number one, and then you also have to make sure you are legal.”

Miller said he has already had discussions with the Lexington Police Department and other organizations about safety protocols. He said following an overall look at the different procedures, he wants to determine whether there are any changes necessary.

“After we know what we are looking at, then we determine where there’s room for better efficiency, whether that is technology or supplies,” Miller said. “We want to look at all of those things and are we getting the best return on investment for the district.”

Miller said he is looking forward to beginning his position with Lexington City Schools and he hopes his background will make him a valuable asset to the system.

“I am excited about the opportunity and the challenge,” Miller said. “The good thing with my wide variety of experience at different schools, I have had the opportunity to touch on all of those areas. … Those experiences have helped me to look at these issues through the district-wide lens, but also to narrow that lens to give direct attention to specific areas.”

Miller said that he wants to make sure that whatever happens, the school system is working proficiently.

“We may need to do something new, but that comes from discussions with our staff, principals, teachers, students and community if that is what they want,” Miller said. “We would make changes when necessary. Something may not be broken, but it is not getting the results you want.”

He said that in the end, all he wants is whatever is best for the overall well-being of the students.

“What keeps me guided and keeps me focused is the students,” Miller said. “I believe schools should prepare students for life beyond schools so they can be productive citizens equipped with what they need to move to the next phase in their lives. Our goal is to prepare them for that next level so they are able to function and be successful.”

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