County Board of Education swears in, chooses leaders

December 10, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Wayne Ridenour was sworn in as the newest member of the Washington County Board of Education during a meeting Thursday.

Veteran board members Roxanne Ober, Edward Forrest and Bernadette Wagner also were sworn in for four-year terms on the board.

Dennis Weaver, clerk of the Washington County Circuit Court, performed the ceremony.

About 30 people, mostly relatives of board members, attended the swearing-in and a reception.

After they were sworn in, board members made brief remarks, each thanking their families and making other comments.

Forrest became emotional as he thanked his children for understanding why he has to miss some sporting events so he can attend board meetings.

Ridenour took a moment to acknowledge the service of Princeton Young, whose final board meeting was last month. Young was not at Thursday's meeting.


Gov. Robert Ehrlich appointed Young to the school board in May 2003 to fill the seat vacated by Doris J. Nipps, who was elected a Washington County Commissioner in November 2002. Young ran in the 2004 school board race but did not make it past the primary.

Ridenour, who attended and watched board meetings, said he was impressed by Young's comments and actions.

"His reputation in the community of being a champion of the underdog showed through every night," Ridenour said.

Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said she was pleased to work with high-quality board members and now there is "another strong, intelligent member."

During his first remarks while sitting with the entire board, Ridenour addressed the recent news that Morgan was given a 10 percent pay raise after doing well on 66 measurable criteria. He congratulated her on meeting her goals.

Ridenour, a former teacher, said he hopes the school board "will be equally enthusiastic and generous toward teachers, principals and support staff."

The board members also named a new president and vice president during Thursday's meeting.

Forrest, board president for the past year, said he was honored to nominate his mentor, Paul Bailey, to succeed him. Ober, vice president for the past year, seconded the motion, which was approved.

Jacqueline Fischer was named vice president.

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