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New board member abstains from voting

December 15, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

Washington County Board of Education member Wayne Ridenour said he abstained from voting on personnel changes Tuesday night because he didn't think the School Board should have an attorney on staff.

Ridenour was asked after the School Board's meeting why he abstained from voting on staff changes.

The staff changes included appointing an assistant to the School Board's chief legal counsel, according to a School Board document.

The position is a support position to the School Board's staff attorney, Ridenour said.

Ridenour stressed that his opposition was to the position, not the person.

Ridenour said he thinks it would be more cost-effective for the School Board to hire an attorney as needed rather than have an attorney, and support staff for the attorney, on staff.

He said he might be convinced to change his mind, but at this point he could not vote to spend money on that position.

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The staff changes were approved by a 5-0 vote, with Ridenour abstaining and board member W. Edward Forrest absent.

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