Incumbent District 65 Board Member Katie Bailey, 1619 Ashland Ave., does market research for Reed Exhibition Companies.


Bailey and her husband Wynn have four children, one in elementary school, one in middle school and two in high school.


Master’s in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Bachelor’s degree in economics from Kenyon College.

In her own words

Opening statement at Feb. 10 candidate forum at Haven Middle School.

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Hi, my name is Katie Bailey and I’m seeking re-election to the District 65 school board.

As background, I’ve lived in Evanston for 23 years. I have four kids. Two in the high school, one in middle school and one in elementary school.

I grew up attending public schools out west. I attended Kenyon College and worked in D.C. before getting my MBA at the Wharton School of Business.

My work in marketing has centered on understanding the customer.

Central to my work on the school board is understanding what the children and families need, what our community and employees need, and how to meet those needs given our call to be financial stewards of the community’s tax dollars.

I decided to seek re-election because I believe I have a proven ability to work hard and to get work done and understanding the many issues our district faces. I believe that my work on the board will benefit the community, most importantly the children.

My leadership roles on the board included chairing the finance committee, the policy committe, the ad-hod green committee and I served on a number of other roles on the board.

During my tenure, I’ve worked in collaboration with the community and board members, the administration and teachers on a number of milestones, including completion of the strategin plan, the management and budget during difficult financial times, implementation of data-driven teacher evaluations, and a constant focus on sustainability.

My vision for a second term is one of a goal of:

  • Implementation of college and career readiness with an understanding of what that means in the early years.
  • Continued improvement of [collaboration between] 65 and 202.
  • Increased expectations of our middle school students.
  • Financially, a balanced budget and using taxpayer dollars.
  • Using data for measurement to the satisfaction of familiies and of the community
  • And finally with an understanding that we are called upon by the community to meet individual kids’ needs and to understand our children and meet them where they are.

Thank you.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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