Katie Hofmann appeared to defeat Jenny Kilgore on Tuesday in the race for Ohio School Board district 4, according to unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State’s website.
At 11 p.m., Hofmann had received 54% of the vote thus far, compared with 46% for Kilgore. More than 285,000 votes had been counted, but elections officials were still tabulating the vote.
Hofmann said her election is a “very clear message” to the people of Ohio to support public schools.
“We need to do everything we can to support our kids,” Hofmann said.
Kilgore already has served one term on the state school board. Both Hoffman and Kilgore are longtime teachers, with Hofmann teaching at Cincinnati Public Schools for decades and Kilgore teaching at Landmark Christian School. Kilgore still teaches education at Miami University’s Hamilton branch.
The state school board oversees the Ohio Department of Education. The board is made up of 19 members, with 11 elected and eight appointed members. Members serve four-year terms and are paid an hourly rate for board work, amounting to roughly $10,000 per year.
The board can choose the state superintendent of public education and make policies based on laws passed from the Ohio Statehouse. They approve education standards, set cut scores for state tests, make changes to the school report card system and make disciplinary decisions on accused educators, among other duties.