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Washington Co. School Board incumbent says he'll run again, others not so sure

November 09, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY - One member of the Washington County Board of Education said he will run for re-election in 2008, while three other incumbents said they still are undecided.

Wayne D. Ridenour, the board's vice president, said he plans to file in the next few weeks for the primary, which is scheduled for Feb. 12, 2008. The deadline to file for the primary is Dec. 3.

Sharpsburg resident Meredith Fouche was the first to enter the race when he filed Oct. 30.

Four of the seven seats on the Board of Education will be on the ballot. Incumbents Roxanne R. Ober, Bernadette M. Wagner and Donna Brightman said they have not decided whether they will run for re-election.

Ridenour, who lives in Williamsport, is finishing his first four-year term on the board. He was elected in 2004. He taught history and government for 30 years at Boonsboro High School.

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Seeing things through

Ridenour said he made the decision to run for re-election because he'd like to complete projects he's been working on as a board member.

"I'd like to see some things through," he said.

Three new elementary schools are scheduled to open in 2008, and the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts is scheduled to open soon after in downtown Hagerstown. Ridenour said he'd like to continue working on those projects.

"I'd like to continue to see the situation improve for our teachers," he said. "I think we're going in the right direction. I want to see it come to fruition."

Brightman said the 10 months since she was appointed to the board to replace W. Edward Forrest have been hectic. Health concerns among family members and a full-time job have made the 30 or more hours she spends each week on board business difficult, she said.

"I have not sat down and made a decision," Brightman said. "I have spoken to a lot of my supporters from my last campaign and have received a lot of phone calls. I appreciate the support and encouragement."

Brightman said she expects to make a decision in the next few weeks and cautioned interested candidates about the amount of time needed to be an effective member of the board.

"I think they need to realize the amount of commitment of time to do a good job that's needed," she said. "It's just huge."

Ober, who serves as the Board of Education president, agreed, saying being a member of the governing body takes a lot of time.

"It's a huge time commitment," she said. "It takes a lot of time, and I'm really looking into if I want to continue doing that or not."

Ober said she needs more time to think about whether she wants to serve a third four-year term.

Wagner, who also has served two terms on the board, said she also is undecided.

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