Margaret Miller announces candidacy for Northampton School Committee’s Ward 6 seat


Staff Writer
Published: 7/9/2021 4:49:46 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A psychologist who serves on the board of directors of the Northampton Survival Center has announced her candidacy for the Ward 6 seat on the School Committee.

So far, Margaret Miller is unopposed in November’s election for a seat on the nine-member committee. Ward 6 incumbent Lonnie Kaufman is not seeking reelection.

Miller, a 27-year resident of Westhampton Road in Florence, is a licensed psychologist in private practice, working primarily with young people and their caregivers, and is the parent of two Northampton High School graduates.

“I want to give back to the school system that educated both of my sons, now 21 and 25,” said Miller in a statement. “Schools are where kids grow, learn, and develop, and our district’s children, educators, administrators, and staff need to be supported by a focused and dedicated School Committee.”

When her sons attended the local schools, Miller said she volunteered and organized arts activities, helped to write Northampton Education Foundation grants for Ryan Road School and served on the School Council at Jackson Street School.

A former guidance counselor at Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, Miller has served on the board of directors of the Northampton Survival Center for the past eight years and plans to step down from that role in October.

“I have a deep understanding and appreciation for children in our school system who need extra support for language, learning disabilities, trauma, and other needs as part of their education,” Miller said. “As a School Committee member, I will be committed to ensuring a full and inclusive education for all Northampton children.”

Miller previously served as clinical director at the Family Advocacy Center at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and was a staff psychologist at Franklin Clinical Associates in Greenfield.

As of Friday, there are no races for the seven ward seats on the School Committee, and no one is running in Ward 2, but three candidates – Gwen Agna, Aline Davis and incumbent Roni Gold – are running for two at-large seats.

Candidates must submit their nomination papers to the Board of Registrars by July 30. The general election is Nov. 2.

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