Phyllis Kohel, who has served as superintendent of the Milford School District since 2012, announced her retirement from the position at the end of the upcoming school year at Monday night's school board meeting.

Phyllis Kohel, who has served as superintendent of the Milford School District since 2012, announced her retirement from the position at the end of the upcoming school year at Monday night's school board meeting.
“I’m not leaving it because I have any discontent whatsoever with the district," Kohel said. “This is my district and I’ll still support this district regardless of wherever I am. But I think it’s time to bring in some new blood.”
Kohel has worked within the Milford School District for 31 years, serving in roles such as English teacher (1984-’96), assistant athletic director (1991-’97), guidance counselor (1996-’98), assistant principal (1998-2000), principal (2000) and director of student support.
The failure to get tax referendums passed in the school district the last couple of years has disappointed Kohel, but she said that is not the primary reason she is stepping down.
“This is my 32nd year and it’s a very difficult position,” she said. “I like to think that I have, but I don’t know if I’ve ever worked so hard in my life as I have with this position.
“It’s very demanding and can be very disappointing at times, particularly when you’re in referendum mode as we’ve been in for the past two years.”
Read more about Kohel’s impending retirement in Wednesday’s Milford Beacon.