Married, Phil Bird
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I have faithfully served on the Harvard Board of Education for two consecutive terms, since May of 2005. Currently I am serving as Secretary to the Board. During the last eight years I have continually taken educational classes offered through Illinois Association of School Boards and the Illinois State Board of Education. I have become a Master Board Member and an Illinois Association of School Boards Leadershop Academy Member. Both of these achievements require a lengthy process of training and are considered a high level of education to be attained. During my terms I have been an active member of various board committees and attended numerous school activities. I continue to stay up to date with the ongoing changes regarding the laws, policies and procedures within the public school system.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
I believe in District 50s goals and continue to support greater student achievement. I also welcome and support any new opportunities for our students and staff that continues to reinforce a high level of achievement while remaining fiscally responsible.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
This would be a difficult decision that I could only answer after extensive research from our district Director of Finance, information from the community in regards to their tax concerns, and research regarding the implications of such a freeze to our schools, staff and children.
What one decision by the school board do you most disagree with and why?
As a school board member you are one of seven members elected by the community. All decisions made by the board have been done through majority votes. I abide by all majority decisions made by the Harvard Board of Education, while continuing to strive to make changes for the betterment of Harvard District 50.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
The Harvard Board of Education has adopted new Strategic Goals as a guide for managing the district. We have, through the adapting of the new Strategic Goals, raised the expected level of achievement from our staff and children. We are requiring improved success in our district.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I am dedicated to Harvard Schools and its constituents that fiscally support our public school system. I strive for honesty, transparency, open communication, diversity and success within our district.
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