Cory Milam seeking LHISD Place 6
Cory Milam has a fourth, fifth and seventh grader in LHISD, and sees his family in the center of many of the changes going on right now in the district.
He is a longtime volunteer who now serves on the board of the Liberty Hill Youth League. He has decided that if he wants to help make sure the school district stays true to what residents value that he has to get more involved.
“What really drove me on it, now more than ever with the growth we have in Liberty Hill and what’s coming, my biggest deal is I want to make sure we do our best to keep the values that have made Liberty Hill ISD so good for so long and try to keep them as close to the way they are as we grow,” he said. “We can forget what made us great.”
Sitting back and complaining or second guessing was not something Milam saw as an option to help accomplish anything.
“People complain about how things go in society these days and you can complain all you want, but do something about it,” he said. “I figured I could do something. I don’t have any experience when it comes to the school board, but I know what Liberty Hill stands for and what we have going for us. We’re such a great school district and that’s the reason we’re growing so fast. My biggest concern and what drove me to do this is I want to make sure that at the end of the day we’re still remembering where we came from, how we got here and why we’re so great.”
One thing Milam hopes to focus on if elected is to make sure teachers always have a voice in the district.
“For my kids and the kids coming up it is so important to me on what is being taught and making sure we hear the teachers on what they have to say,” he said. “They’re experts in this field, and in my opinion they get kind of lost in this and their opinion matters more than anything right now.”
That focus doesn’t come from an assumption they are not an important part of the conversation, but with growth, the pandemic and other challenges, Milam wants to amplify that voice.
“I feel like their voice is a critical voice, especially considering what we’ve gone through the last year,” he said. “I’m not saying they aren’t heard, I just want to emphasize that when decisions are being made that we listen to them.”
He is also an outspoken supporter of the bond package voters will decide on May 1.
“I know it is crucial to our school district, we have to have that bond pass,” Milam said. “Regardless of who wins this spot, that is a very important vote on May 1. Growth is inevitable for us and we have to be proactive with it and not reactive.”
His volunteer and work experience has taught his two very valuable things he believes have prepared him to serve on the school board.
One is the importance of a diversity of perspectives and the other is the ability to listen to them all.
“We have a lot of people with different perspectives in the youth league,” Milam said. “You have to listen to everyone’s opinion and take it to heart. I’ve learned so much just from the people there I have served with. Just hearing their perspective is such a refreshing take. We need that because we don’t want one perspective for the school board either.”
He now works for a plumbing supplier after being in home building for 15 years and those same needs carry over into his professional life as well.
“I obviously have to deal with a lot of different perspectives in the outside sales word, so it’s a constant thing for me to be listening,” he said. “I think I can take what I deal with on a daily basis and bring that to the table. There are people on this (school) board that come from all different walks and I feel like I can be an asset and listen to the parents, teachers and the kids.”