for Gordon Crabb, school issues are a passion
By the end of a Washington County School Board meeting, most of the general public has long left the building, satisfied that their particular concern has been discussed.
But one frequent visitor always stays until the bitter end - not because he has to, but because he wants to.
Gordon Crabb, 67, started taking an interest in school board affairs about three years ago.
Crabb had been reading newspaper stories about disagreements among school board members, the former superintendent and Washington County Commissioners.
"At the time, there was a fair amount of disharmony," he said. "I was concerned."
Crabb had recently retired from the former Fairchild Industries, so he had the time to get involved.
Mostly, he observes the meetings. He asks questions if he doesn't understand something.
For example, Crabb wanted to know why school officials proposed buying 10 new school buses when school enrollment was on the decline in December 1996.