Frederick School Board Member Jim Harmon Dies

Posted: February 4, 2013

The following is a news release from Frederick County Public Schools announcing the death of School Board Member Jim Harmon

Frederick County School Board member Melvin S. “Jim” Harmon passed away this morning at the Winchester Medical Center following a courageous battle with cancer.  Harmon represented the Stonewall District on the School Board from January 1, 2007, until his passing.  He was initially appointed to the Board on December 18, 2006, following the resignation of Patricia Stiles.  In November 2007, Harmon was elected to fill the final two years of Stiles’ term.  He was reelected to a four-year term on the Board in November 2009.  His current term would have expired at the end of 2013. 

Frederick County Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Mr. Harmon was a valued member of the Frederick County School Board.  During his tenure, students were always his top priority.  He was an advocate for the arts and had a great appreciation for the many talented students who attend our schools.  Having worked as both a teacher and school administrator, Mr. Harmon also possessed a good understanding of the challenges educators face and he worked tirelessly on their behalf.  His many contributions and vision for the future of Frederick County Public Schools as a member of the School Board will be missed.”

During Harmon’s tenure on the School Board, he served on a variety of the Board’s committees.  He was a member of the Instruction Committee in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.  He served as the Chairman of the Instruction Committee from 2012 until his passing.  Harmon was also the Chairman of the Personnel Committee in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.  He was a member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and served on the Board of the Frederick County Educational Foundation in 2011. 

See Tuesday's Winchester Star for more on Harmon's life.