LORAIN — School district CEO David Hardy purchased a home in Lakewood in August. He told a parent at last week’s town hall meeting he lived in Avon.
Hardy purchased a home in the 1500 block of Elmwood Ave. in early August for $356,250, according to the Cuyahoga County Auditor’s website. He is registered to vote at his Avon address on Augusta Way, according to the Ohio Board of Elections website Thursday evening.
Thursday afternoon, when questioned on why he said he lived in Avon, despite the Lakewood purchase, he said he was happy to answer questions on students, but not those based on his personal life.
“So when I come to school every single day, I focus on the academic outcomes of kids,” he said. “And that’s all I need to talk about, I don’t have to answer to adults about where I live. That’s very personal. So the job that I do is about kids. If there’s questions about that, we can talk about that.”
At Saturday’s Speak Up, Speak Out forum, he also was questioned on why he didn’t live in Lorain.
“I’ll say a few things, I had a feeling when I walked in today — ‘you know what, I think this question’s going to come up again,’” he said, before elaborating on the sacrifice he said his family made to move with him to Northeast Ohio to his “dream job.”
“So in that sacrifice, I have a CEO at my home, which happens to be my wife and — exactly — happy wife, happy life,” he said. “And I like happy lives. And so at this point, I am cognizant that it is not about me, when I go home I am dad, when I go home, I am husband. And I want to go home to a place where people feel comfortable being where they are.”
He went on to say his decision to live outside of Lorain and not send his children to Lorain schools — his oldest son is of preschool age — is in part for their protection.
“They have no idea what daddy deals with every day,” he said. “And I would hate for them, even directly or indirectly, to have to see and/or feel any of that. So for the safety of my kids, and the well-being of my family, I want to make sure that they feel comfortable, and therefore that is why I unfortunately cannot live in the city of Lorain.”