By ANDREA POTEET
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE — One new face will join two current trustees on the Wyandotte Public Schools Board of Education after Tuesday’s election.
First-time candidate Stephanie Miello took one of three available spots on the board with 972 votes. Current trustees Dana Browning and Robert Kirby each regained their spots with 1,095 and 830 votes, respectively. A total of 1,790 votes were cast.
Terms for Miello, Browning and Kirby will start July 1 and end June 30, 2015.
Also running were David Shalda, who had campaigned unsuccessful for a seat on the board in 2009, and first-time candidate Kelly Kohlstrand. Shalda received 759 votes and Kohlstrand received 673.
Miello has worked in marketing and sales for Ford Motor Co. for more than 18 years in Michigan, New York and Central America. She has lived in Wyandotte for 11 years with her husband, Tony. The couple have a 9-year-old son. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Browning is a lifelong resident and is married to City Councilman Todd Browning. The couple has a 10-year-old daughter. Dana Browning has worked for the city for 25 years in the Assessor’s Office and currently is the school district’s chairwoman for the Blessings in a Backpack program, which provides weekend meals to low-income students.
Kirby has served on the school board continuously since 2001 and has been its president, vice president and treasurer. He has coached basketball and tee ball for the city’s Recreation Department and is a divorced father of two elementary-aged children and a preschool-aged son.
He has worked for the city for nearly 20 years in the Department of Public Works and its Municipal Services Department.