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School Board floats idea of day meetings

December 15, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

A movement to alter the schedule for Washington County Board of Education business meetings to allow for occasional day meetings was stalled Tuesday after board members were evenly split on the idea.

Board member Roxanne Ober asked the other School Board members to consider alternating their business meetings between day and night.

The School Board usually holds business meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, spokeswoman Carol Mowen said after the meeting.

Board members Ober, Bernadette Wagner and Board President Paul Bailey voted to alternate meeting times between day and night on a trial period, through the end of March. A specific time for day meetings was not set.

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Board Vice President Jacqueline Fischer, and members Russell Williams and Wayne Ridenour opposed the change.

Ober said she would raise the issue again.

Ober said many people might not be able to attend day meetings, but others are more free to attend day meetings because their children are in school.

Sometimes School Board meetings end around 9 or 10 p.m. or later and board personnel have to attend early meetings the next day, she said.

Wagner said day meetings might allow the School Board to bring in teachers for feedback, if substitute teachers were provided.

Fischer said she thought teachers would want to stay in their classrooms because of increased accountability due to the No Child Left Behind Act.

Ridenour, a new board member, said day meetings would create a hardship for him, but he would find a way to do it.

Ridenour and Williams asked if the vote could be postponed.

After the meeting, Ridenour said he is a licensed real estate appraiser. Most of the work he is paid for, such as inspections, must be done during daylight.

Board member W. Edward Forrest was absent.

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