Michael Piccio was unanimously appointed to the Red Clay Consolidated School District Board of Education on Dec. 12, 2012 to replace Kim Williams, who resigned her seat in order to take her spot as a state representative in the Delaware General Assembly.
Piccio and his wife have three children, including one in a Red Clay school and one starting next year.
Q Why did you decide to run to keep your seat?
A I was appointed to the school board effective the January 2013 meeting; I decided to keep my seat because after a couple of meetings it's not possible to get up to speed on all of the doings of the school board and administration. There are many challenges coming the next couple of years and I wanted to see it through.
Q What do you think are the most important challenges Red Clay faces?
A The most important challenges facing Red Clay is the funding issue, ELL (English language learners) and technology. These are the problems that we will be facing over the next couple of years. How do we get more teachers in the classroom, not in the district office? The implementation of ELL is also a massive undertaking, looking to see the districts vision on the roll out of this program to the neighborhood schools. To keep up with the ever changing technology where will the funds come from to pay for this?
Q What can the Red Clay Consolidated School District do to improve?
A The district has to try to reach the whole community not just a select few. They just completed a communications survey and now they need to take that information to the next level and try to get more of the community involved.
Q Lastly, why do you think no one filed to run against you?
A I think no one filed to run against me because it's for only a one-year term. I bet someone will run next year.
MORE ABOUT MIKE PICCIO
FAMILY married 2 children 13 and 5
OCCUPATION Manager, Café Napoli
CIVIC EXPERIENCE Forest Oak PTA, four years