Miles resigns from school board

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By The Staff

 Bernard Miles has resigned from the Marion County Board of Education, leaving the board with two vacancies.

Miles, who was representing District 1 on the board, submitted his resignation via email Friday afternoon.

"I am resigning from the board [of] education as [of] 4:40 p.m. 08/8/2014. Thanks bernard," he wrote.

The message was sent at 4:38 p.m. Aug. 8 with the subject line of "Re: Salary Revisions."

Schlosser also sent a reply to Miles resignation announcement, which reads as follows:

"Mr. Miles, 

Thank you so much for your service to Marion County Public Schools! You have been a driving force to ensure that 'NO Novice' is a goal for our children! I appreciate the time that I have worked with you while in Marion County! I look forward to seeing you at our school events a I know that you will continue to support our efforts to ensure that our 'BIG DREAMS' become a reality!


Taylora Schlosser


Marion County Public Schools"

Miles' resignation was sent as a reply to a July 7 email from Schlosser regarding the salary revisions for two positions in the district. Schlosser's email was itself a reply to a July 7 email from Finance Director Lisa Caldwell. 

Miles previously questioned some of the pay raises included in the 2014-15 salary schedule during a June 19 meeting, although he said that didn’t have anything to do with his resignation. He said he replied to that email because it was a quick way to share his announcement with Schlosser.

Miles said his daughter, who is working on master’s degree in special education, told him she might be interested in applying for some position within Marion County Public Schools. Since school board members are prohibited from serving if they have a relative working in the school system, he decided to resign.

“I want our district to be number one in the state,” Miles said. “I think we can get their quicker with her being in the classroom than me being on the board.”