Mike Miller Named Mayfield-Graves ATC Principal
By Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools
MAYFIELD, KY - Mayfield-Graves County Area Technology Center carpentry teacher Mike Miller has been named the ATC’s new principal, starting with the 2013-14 school year.
“We started the carpentry program in 2006 and I was hired as the teacher,” he said. “We’ve made a lot of improvements in it since then and now I have a new opportunity and I’m excited about it.”
Miller had worked in carpentry for years with his two brothers. Their business is known as Triple M Construction. Now, he will expand his focus to other fields, heading the school that also offers classes in welding, electrical, and machine tool technology as well as health science and office technology. More than 300 of the ATC’s 500 students also attend Graves County High School. Nearly 200 of them attend Mayfield High School and Miller says “a handful” of students come from Carlisle County High School.
The commonwealth of Kentucky operates the Mayfield-Graves County ATC and 52 other ATCs. Some other vocational schools across the state are self-contained in their operation, each with its own board of directors.
Miller replaces Steve Arant, who served as the ATC’s principal for eight years. “From my interaction with Mr. Arant and what I hear other people say, one of the best things he did was to build relationships with other schools. That helped people realize how good the ATC’s programs are,” Miller said. “Steve is a real people person, who rarely stayed in his office and generally was out among the students, interacting with them and seeing what was going on. He will be sorely missed.”
Miller’s wife, Kimberly, is a licensed practical nurse, working at the Orthopedic Institute of Paducah. Daughter Jincey, 26, and son, Cha’sed, 19, both currently are pursuing college degrees.
Mike Miller also pastors the Pryorsburg Community Fellowship Church. He has served as a referee on the high school and college levels. “With this new job, I expect to give up one of those things,” he said with a laugh, “and that’s probably going to be refereeing.”