Helena Wallin-Miller announces she is seeking a second term on the Moore County Schools Board of Education, representing District II.
Ms. Wallin-Miller joined the board of education in 2015 during a time of intense activity to improve the conditions of Moore County Schools’ aging and overcrowded facilities. She collaborated with the Moore County Board of Commissioners to determine which new school construction projects to advance and how to fund them. As chair, she led the board of education’s involvement in a successful campaign that generated almost 80 percent community support for a $103 million school bond to build three new elementary schools. She also led the board of education’s support of the county’s successful quarter-cent sales tax campaign to fund Moore County Schools’ construction needs. In addition to facilities, Ms. Wallin-Miller focused on complex school budget issues, presiding over a change in budgeting and operational spending to manage finite financial support from federal, state and local sources.
“I am proud of my work with the Moore County Schools Board of Education these past few years,” Ms. Wallin-Miller said. “Together, we are building safe and appropriate new facilities to meet the needs of our growing county. Our student certifications, college course completions, and graduation outcomes have increased. We have more staff to oversee the health and safety needs of our students. Additionally, our students are competing and winning at state and national academic, artistic and athletic competitions – proving our students are well-prepared against the best outside of Moore County.”
She added, “While I am pleased with these successes, there is still much work to do. We must continue to advocate for state and local funding to properly staff our schools, provide fair compensation for all school district employees, and deliver necessary resources to students and teachers. We must also remain laser focused on student achievement and support school efforts to close the achievement gap. Finally, we must resolve as a community to fund modernization and safety improvements of our older facilities to meet current and future needs. I would be honored to renew my service to our remarkable community and to continue advocating on behalf of all of our students and staff in Moore County Schools.”
Ms. Wallin-Miller is from Honolulu, Hawaii, and lived for 10 years in the Washington, DC area before moving to the Sandhills in 2005 with her husband. She was first appointed to the Moore County School Board of Education in 2015 and was elected to a full four-year term in 2016. During that time, she served as vice chair in 2016-17, and chair of the board from 2017 to 2019. She has also served on the Legislative and Appeals Committees during her tenure and represented the board as a voting delegate to the North Carolina School Boards Association annual meetings.
Ms. Wallin-Miller lives in Pinehurst with her husband and two children, who both attend Moore County Schools. She works part-time as a consultant for a firm based in Fairfax, Virginia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Claremont McKenna College and her master’s in public policy from Georgetown University.
Courtesy photo from Moore County Schools/Contributed.