DOBSON — Incumbent Phillip Thacker formalized his bid for re-election Friday by filing to run for the Mount Airy City Schools District A Board of Education seat.
Thacker has served a total of 15 years on the board, having filled the remainder of a three-year term on the board and has served for three complete terms.
He is a Mount Airy native and a graduate of Mount Airy High School. He and his wife, Nancy, have a son, Jason, who is also a graduate of MAHS. The couple’s daughter, Tara Thacker Hill, is a teacher in Guilford County.
“Serving on the board is a very big honor,” said Thacker. “It has been very rewarding.”
One item that is highest on Thacker’s list of accomplishments is the selection of school superintendent and renovations to Mount Airy High School.
“One of the most important things a board can do is the selection of the superintendent,” added Thacker. “I think Greg Little was a good choice of superintendent for our schools.” Thacker also said he is proud of the renovations and upkeep of the Mount Airy City Schools that he said were helped by the county board of commissioners and state lottery revenue.
He said that a school board must not rest on its accolades.
“We need to keep improving. It’s great that we are one of the best schools in the state and we want that to continue,” said Thacker. “Being satisfied means you’re standing still. You must keep moving to keep being the best.” Thacker also said that he has enjoyed working with other board members and has enjoyed the positive working relationship among the group and with the county board of commissioners, school staff and superintendent.