Ohio Gov. John Kasich has appointed retired teacher Darryl Mehaffie to the Ohio state Board of Education. Mehaffie was sworn in privately yesterday in Columbus.
Mehaffie will serve the remaining two years on the term of another Kasich appointee, retired superintendent Dennis Shelton. Shelton resigned in September.
Among the tasks facing the state board are selecting a new state superintendent of public instruction, determining key details of new school report cards and overseeing the implementation of the new Common Core curriculum and tests.
Mehaffie, 69, taught fifth and sixth grades in the Northmont schools near Dayton for 30 years, according to a resume provided by the governor’s office. His wife is also a former elementary school teacher.
“Between the two of us we have more than 60 years of experience,” he told StateImpact Ohio.
Mehaffie currently serves as chair of the board of trustees for Edison Community College in Darke County and has served as a member of his local school board and village council, among other roles. He is active in Republican politics and currently serves as a member of the Ohio Republican Party State Committee.
“When you go into retirmeent I think you have an obligation to give back to your community,” he said.
There are a total of 19 members on the state board.
Eleven are elected and represent specific geographic regions. Eight at-large members are appointed by the governor. By the end of 2012, all of the appointed members had been appointed by Kasich.
The terms of four appointed members recently expired. Kasich expects to make appointments to fill those seats soon, his spokesperson said.