Fairfield school board’s vice president resigning

One of the area’s most experienced education leaders is moving both from his seat on the Fairfield school board and southwest Ohio.

Former Madison Schools and Butler County Education Services Center superintendent Dan Hare announced Thursday he is leaving the Fairfield board later this month.

The 70-year-old Hare, who is in his second four-year term on Fairfield Schools’ governing board, said he plans to move to the Columbus suburb of Westerville to be closer to his grandchildren.

“It’s re-purposing, not retirement,” said Hare, who added he intends to submit his resignation letter at the May 16 meeting of the school board.

Hare began as a teacher in Hamilton County’s Mount Healthy school system in 1972.

He was first elected to Fairfield’s board in 2013 and has thrice served as board president and is now the board’s vice president.

Hare’s term on the district’s governing board is through Dec. 31, 2021.

“I spent 45 years working for other people’s children and now I’m going to spend time with my three grandchildren and having fun with them,” said Hare.

His departure is the second time in 2½ years the Fairfield school board has experienced an unplanned seat opening.

In December 2016 board member Jerome Kearns died unexpectedly, forcing the board’s remaining four members to nominate a new board member.

The board later appointed Carrie O’Neal to fill Kearns seat.

The board now faces the same, state-mandated process to fill Hare’s seat once he submits his resignation on May 16. Under state law, the board will have 30 days to nominate a new board member to fill Hare’s position.

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