School board candidate spotlight: Phil Ragovin, MCS

Longtime resident, first time candidate

My name is Phil Ragovin. I grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, but my wife Sandy and I have been residents of Marcellus for 25 years, following a period of time when we lived and worked in New York City. My career has been in the business world, usually in sales and marketing administration. Frankly, our lives changed when Sandy and I adopted our son when he was a baby and our personal priorities changed as we became parents later in life. When our son Allie, now 16, started kindergarten at KCH, I decided that I would become an actively involved parent.

Briefly describe your involvement with the school district in the last five years.

I have been involved in volunteer activities with the Marcellus School District since my son started school here. Currently, I sit on the High School Site-Based Committee, which I have done for two years, serve as a member of the Booster Club committee for the annual golf tournament and assist the staff of the JV and varsity football programs. I have also coached youth sports, tutored students and volunteered as chaperon for many of the DMS outings.

What is your motivation for running for a position on the school board?

While my corporate management experience equips me to help in the oversight of financial matters, including budgeting and planning as it relates to Board of Education responsibilities, my primary focus will be to represent the interests of fellow parents and the concerns they express. My intention is to be available to listen, plus follow-up on seeking answers to questions raised. I think a new perspective on things should always be considered as helpful.

With two meetings a month, the board is relatively limited in what it can accomplish. How should the board decide what is most important?

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