“I enjoying listening to what our stakeholders have to say and speaking candidly with our community members,” he said.
“We have had parents of Lakota students and those who do not have children attending our schools, but who live in West Chester or Liberty Township, come to the coffee chats. It’s a relaxed environment, and our guests are the ones who guide the direction of the conversation. I always walk away learning something new and hope I have been able to answer any questions they may have.”
The coffee chat earlier this month at Einstein Brothers Bagels was the fourth so far this school year. The locations are rotated between the 16,500-student district’s two townships of West Chester and Liberty.
The recent chat included questions about the prospects for returning busing to high school students – which have been missing since 2011 as part of sweeping budget cuts – to the possibility of all-day kindergarten.
Lakota parent Tim Boellner was among those asking and listening.
“It’s great,” Boellner said. “It gives people who probably wouldn’t want to come to a board meeting — and wouldn’t want to speak in front of a group – the opportunity to say their piece or give input.”
“He (Miller) seems to be more open to new ideas,” he said.
Fellow Lakota school parent Kay Caccamo attended her first coffee chat, saying “I didn’t really know what to expect.”
“He (Miller) is very open and accommodating in looking at everyone’s situations and what’s best for the district as a whole,” said Caccamo.
The next coffee chat is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 3, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Liberty Township’s Beans & Brew at 7051 Yankee Road.