Citing an increase in his work-related obligations, Richard Bird today announced that he is resigning from the Westerville City School District Board of Education (BOE) and that the October 22, 2018, regular meeting was his last.
“Over the past few years I have been speaking more frequently around the country. In the last two years in particular I have been on approximately 30 to 35 platforms delivering keynote addresses in the cyber security community. Unexpectedly, and as a result of these activities, I've been presented with a career opportunity and will be transitioning over the next few months to that position, in Colorado," Bird said. “Given this major change in my life, tonight’s meeting is going to be my last as a member of the Westerville City School District Board of Education.”
Bird was first appointed to the School Board in 2014 to fulfill the unexpired term of Cindy Crowe, who resigned her seat as she entered the final stages of her battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Bird subsequently ran for reelection as the only incumbent during the November 2015 general election. He retained his seat as the top vote-getter of four candidates vying for two open spots on the Board.
“I think I speak for my fellow Board members when I say we are sad to hear this news, but we certainly understand your decision,” BOE President Gerrie Cotter said to Bird. “Your insight, willingness to stand up for our children, and unwavering support for public education will be missed. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to work with you on many initiatives that have benefitted this district and wish you all the best in your future endeavors.”
Bird noted that some of his most memorable accomplishments include being part of a Board that ended the Win-Win Accord permanently, serving as the Board’s liaison when negotiating for the land in Minerva Park, and witnessing the completion of major improvements the Board authorized for Pointview Elementary.
“Most importantly,” Bird added, “it has been an honor to serve on such a great Board of Education with colleagues that I truly respect and who have become good friends since I was appointed.”
The Board soon will announce an application process for those interested in fulfilling Bird’s unexpired term, which runs through December 31, 2019. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age, residents of the school district, and registered voters.