James Bird

The McKinney Independent School District has named Jason Bird as its new chief financial officer.

The school board approved the selection last week. Bird will replace current Chief Financial Officer Edd Bigbee, who is retiring in December.

Bird has been with McKinney ISD for 20 years, including the last 10 as the district’s senior director of finance.

The search for a new CFO began last month, district officials said.

“After several interviews with many outstanding applicants, it was obvious to us that the best candidate for the position of chief financial officer was already in-house,” said McKinney ISD Superintendent Rick McDaniel in a released statement. “Jason brings not only a historical perspective of our district finances, but also a wealth of knowledge in general when it comes to budgeting, investing and overall school finance.”

McDaniel went on to praise Bird’s work ethic, trustworthiness and loyalty. He called Bird the “perfect person for the job” who “wants the best for this district for the long term and is committed to helping us become a first-class organization.”

Bird will oversee all district finances, including but not limited to budget, payroll, debt management and staffing. 

“One of the exceptional things about McKinney ISD is the ongoing effort toward fiscal transparency and sound, prudent stewardship of the district’s resources,” Bird said in a district release. “I am honored to be entrusted with building on that excellent foundation.”

Bird started with McKinney ISD in 1998 as an economics teacher at McKinney High School. Four years later, he became assistant principal at Scott Johnson Middle School, where served until 2005 when he became the district’s senior director of finance.

“I am deeply honored and privileged to continue my career in McKinney ISD,” said Bird, whose daughter attends McKinney ISD schools. “It is my home.”

Before coming to McKinney ISD, Bird served as a math teacher at Cedar Hill High School and also spent time in the private sector as a commodity trader and engineer.

He holds a master’s degree in educational administration and a master’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce, as well as a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station. 

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