State Board of Education member Jeff Hardin died today of a heart attack. He was 58.
Hardin was in his second term as the State Board of Education representative for District 10 in south central Ohio. He won reelection to his seat in November.
State Board of Education president Debe Terhar released the following statement:
“I am truly saddened to hear about the passing of my fellow State Board of Education member and my friend, Jeff Hardin. Jeff was a dedicated public servant who understood the importance of serving not only the children and schools in his district, but throughout Ohio.
Just yesterday, less than 24 hours before his passing, he made a special trip to Columbus with his son to participate in our board meeting. I join with so many others who knew Jeff in offering my deepest sympathy on his passing to his family and friends.”
In a statement posted on Twitter, Governor John Kasich expressed his condolences:
“Saddened by the news of State School Board Member Jeff Hardin’s death. Prayers for his family as they struggle through this challenging time.”
During his time on the board, Hardin advocated for rural schools, paying teachers for their performance and holding schools accountable.
This is how he described his job in our November 2012 voter guide:
This job pays about $4,400 a year on average. I spend time to read about 3,000 pages of research each month just to prepare for board meetings. Our board meetings are 2-3 days per month. This is a thankless job but one I am willing to serve in because someone must commit themselves to doing the job right the first time. I speak for the values of my district and expect schools to teach and not make excuses for failures.
Governor John Kasich will appoint someone to finish Hardin’s term.