Jonathan Harling - New Board Member

Jonathan Harling Sworn in February 8th
Posted on 02/09/2022
Jonathan Harling
On Tuesday, February 8, Jonathan Harling was sworn in as the newest member of the Edgefield County School District (ECSD) Board of Trustees. Harling represents the Zone 2 area of the county.

“We continue to be fortunate to have Board Members who are truly passionate and dedicated to best serving our students, families, staff, and community,” shared superintendent Dr. Kevin O’Gorman. “Mr. Harling brings a unique perspective and an array of skills which will greatly and positively benefit our district. He has long been involved in our community and with the district, and I look forward to working with him in this capacity.”

Harling brings over twenty years of experience in communications, marketing, and public relations. He currently serves as the director of client management for the Murray Road Agency. Prior to this role, he worked with the National Wild Turkey Federation, Chevalier Advertising, and Gray Loon Marketing Group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Winthrop University.

He has been a leader in the community, volunteering for the Edgefield Recreation Department for 15 years as a baseball and football coach. He is an active member of his church, serving in a variety of capacities including deacon, Sunday school teacher, and youth leader. He currently serves with the Edgefield Fire Department.

He is married to wife Mandy, with whom he has two children Jackson (18) and Molly (14).

“I've always been an active parent within our community and sought the Board Member position because I want to make a positive impact for other families in Edgefield County,” stated Harling. “I've gravitated toward opportunities in which I could provide leadership opportunities and help empower young people–whether it was coaching in our recreation leagues or teaching youth at Edgefield First Baptist Church. I believe in the youth in Edgefield County and want to see each student succeed while in our schools and after graduation.”

Harling shared that he will work to keep the best interests of students in mind when voting on any initiative.
“Our role as a Board Member is important,” he said. “We need to pay close attention and truly listen to the needs of students, teachers, administrators and parents when implementing new guidelines or making changes that benefit the county's education and safety systems. I want people to feel comfortable coming to me if they have a suggestion or a question. I want to be a trusted voice–not just for District 2, but for the entire county.”

When asked about the biggest education-related challenge facing the community, Harling asserted, “The pandemic has created a plethora of challenges. We've had to revamp goals that were set for our schools and students. We've had to implement new ways of teaching and endure new safety guidelines that continue to change and adjust according to state-issued guidelines.”

“I want to compliment Dr. O’Gorman, our administrators, faculty and staff throughout the district on the excellent job of implementing innovative ways to continue educating our students and offering activities, while meeting ever-changing state guidelines during unprecedented circumstances.”

“At this stage of the pandemic, there is still a lot that is not clear. However, it is clear that our students continue to be affected by the pandemic one way or another, and that we have Board and district leaders dedicated to navigating through this next chapter,” He added, “I am humbled by and honored to have the opportunity to work with ECSD leaders and the community to bolster and empower students.”
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