Opportunities key to new school board member

Jeremy Miller wants every child in the Princeton School District to have the same opportunities he had as a student growing up in Princeton.

So he sought a seat on the Princeton Board of Education.

Miller officially became a school board member on Tuesday, Jan. 17, the night he was sworn in after being appointed by the board to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Suzie Spain.

Miller was born and raised in the Princeton area. He attended the Princeton schools and graduated from Princeton High School in 1995.

“I participated in many activities when I was in school,” Miller said. “The reason I applied was to make sure kids have the same opportunities I had.”

Miller participated in the arts and played both hockey and baseball. He benefited from a strong academic program, as well.

“The education I received in Princeton allowed me to be educated to where I could go on to a four-year college,” Miller said.

“I want to make sure everyone has that same opportunity.”

Miller says he has challenged himself to stay focused on things that will help the children of the school district.

Miller, the son of Paul and Judy Miller of Princeton, went on to the Carlson School of Management and graduated with a degree in accounting after graduating from Princeton High School. He resides in Princeton with his wife Alison and his two sons, Alex, 7, and Luka, 4.

He is employed with Apollo Insurance in St. Cloud. He is the chairman of Kinship Youth Mentoring of Princeton and a member of Kinship’s finance committee.

His professional background as an accountant will be an asset to the board, he said.

“With my accounting background, I know my way around cash flows and income statements. I also work in risk management,” Miller said.

His expertise will be valuable when dealing with negotiations and contracts, he said.

“It will all be helpful in keeping the school district safe — not just physically, but from a liability standpoint,” Miller said.

But that’s not all Miller brings to the board.

“I also feel I have a knack for listening to many different viewpoints,” he said.