April Fleming Miller

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April Fleming Miller
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Board member, Frederick County Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2014
Years in position 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 24, 2014
First electedNovember 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland-Baltimore County
Master'sSalus University
Office website
April Fleming Miller is an at-large member of the Frederick County Board of Education in Maryland. She was first elected to the board in 2010. Miller advanced from a primary election on June 24, 2014 to face seven other candidates for four available seats in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Miller earned a bachelor's degree in biology and psychology from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. She later received a doctorate in optometry from Salus University. Miller currently works as an optometrist with Evich and Nathan Optometry and Optical Center. She and her husband, Todd, have three children.[1]



See also: Frederick County Public Schools elections (2014)


The June 24, 2014 primary ballot included incumbents Colleen E. Cusimano, April Fleming Miller and Brad W. Young as well as challengers Liz Barrett, Jonathan C. Carothers, Mike Ferrell, Millicent Hall, Kenneth Kerr and Richard S. Vallaster III. Board member Jean A. Smith did not file for re-election. All of the primary candidates except Carothers will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Frederick County Public Schools, At-Large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLiz Barrett 15.3% 15,726
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrad W. Young Incumbent 14.8% 15,271
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngColleen E. Cusimano Incumbent 12.9% 13,302
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngApril Fleming Miller Incumbent 12.3% 12,620
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth Kerr 12.2% 12,548
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMillicent Hall 9.5% 9,795
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Ferrell 8.7% 8,951
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRichard S. Vallaster III 8.4% 8,693
     Nonpartisan Jonathan C. Carothers 5.9% 6,070
Total Votes 102,976
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Unofficial Results for the 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election," accessed June 24, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Miller has reported no contributions or expenditures to the Maryland State Board of Elections as of June 9, 2014.[2]


Miller has not received any official endorsements in this election.


Frederick County Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrad W. Young 21.3% 43,414
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJames C. Reeder, Jr. 15.1% 30,780
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJean A. Smith 12.5% 25,470
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngApril Fleming Miller 11.5% 23,352
     Nonpartisan Colleen E. Cusimano 11.4% 23,177
     Nonpartisan Janice Spiegel 10.4% 21,055
     Nonpartisan Aubrey Harbaugh 8.9% 18,032
     Nonpartisan Sarah McAleavy 8.6% 17,525
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 542
Total Votes 203,347
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2010 Gubernatorial General Election results for Frederick County," accessed June 9, 2014

Campaign themes


Miller explained her themes for the 2014 race in an interview with The Frederick News-Post:

Why are you running for the Board of Education?

My priority the past three years has been creating a fundamental shift toward increased community, business and family involvement with the school system. I am seeking re-election to maintain the relationships we have built as we face an unprecedented change in the educational landscape. I ask the tough questions, am accountable and provide innovative ideas. I have three children at every school level in FCPS. This gives me a unique and valuable perspective of what teachers and students face every day.

What steps should the school system take to deal with financial uncertainty and maintenance-of-effort funding?

MOE attempts to stabilize school funding and reduce financial uncertainty. It is not working. For example, there is no incentive to help fund the sweeping changes in technology, curriculum and professional development that have been mandated by the implementation of Common Core and PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments. Expenses go up, demands and mandates on the schools increase, students have greater needs, and revenue has been flat. We need to continue to work with other agencies to provide synergies, facilitate public-private partnerships, consider alternative funding sources and advocate for full funding of all mandates.

How do you intend to balance the competing needs of children, administration and teachers?

Every decision made should focus on the impact on the student and staff in the classroom. We should focus on creating learning opportunities and a supportive environment for staff and students while building a relationship with families and the community.

What should the school board's top priorities be?

Create high academic standards preparing students for life and career focusing on student-centered learning; provide equal opportunities for all students to learn; collaborate to form partnerships to promote the shared educational vision of the community; manage resources effectively; and become legislative advocates for education.

Other than the budget, what is the school system's biggest challenge in the next four years?

Steady erosion of local control and parent input on education; rapid transition to Common Core and PARCC assessments; impacts on student learning, graduation requirements, teacher evaluations and privacy; digital conversion of classrooms; teacher pension shift/increased health care costs; impact of unfunded mandates.

What is the biggest difference between your approach and that of the past Board?

My approach is to weigh any Board decision on how it impacts the student and staff in the classroom. I research, investigate and explore all options when making a vote. Four years ago, there was a disconnect between the Board and the community. The Board that I have been a part of has made community and student involvement a priority. I supported forming partnerships with the business community and collaborating with local governments. I encouraged legislative activism and educational advocacy.


The Frederick News-Post, (2014), [4]

What's at stake?

Issues in the election

June 2 candidate forum

Frederick Classical Charter School hosted a candidate forum on June 2, 2014 featuring all nine board candidates on the primary ballot. The candidates frequently echoed support for more school choice and expanded charter school development in the district. Most candidates also agreed that the state's approach to charter schools does not provide enough independence for local parents and education officials. Millicent Hall argued that state laws governing charter schools need to remain rigorous to ensure education quality. April Fleming Miller pointed out that the state's strict rules for charter approval have yielded three successful charter schools in the county rather than allowing a flood of inadequate charter options. Hall, Kenneth Kerr and Liz Barrett received endorsements from the Frederick County Teachers Association (FCTA) but asserted their independence from outside influences during the forum. Incumbents Miller, Colleen E. Cusimano and Brad W. Young stated earlier in the forum that the FCTA was actively opposed to charter school expansion in the county.[5]

About the district

See also: Frederick County Public Schools, Maryland
Frederick County Public Schools is located in Frederick County, Maryland
Frederick County Public Schools is based in Frederick, the county seat of Frederick County, Maryland. Frederick County is home to 241,409 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[6] Frederick County Public Schools is the seventh-largest school district in Maryland, serving 40,413 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[7]


Frederick County outperformed the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 37.5 percent of Frederick County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3 percent for Maryland as a whole. The median household income in Frederick County was $83,706 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Frederick County was 5.7 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Frederick County (%) Maryland (%)
White 83.7 60.8
Black or African American 9.1 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 4.2 6.0
Two or More Races 2.5 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 7.8 8.7

Party registration, 2014[8]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 59,998
Democratic 53,988
Unaffiliated 33,075
Libertarian 723
Green 400
Other 166
Total 148,350

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[9]

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