Ober, Wagner will be missed
To the editor:
I am writing in reference to the recent article that announced the candidates for the elected Board of Education in Washington County. The slate is interesting and it seems that there is interest in this demanding and time-consuming position.
Having spent more than 30 years in both K-12 and post-secondary education as a teacher, coach and administrator, I have experience in working with board members in both formal and informal settings. The numerous decisions that affect our schools and children require tremendous study and research. Board members have to be continually focused on what will be best for the students. It is a difficult job that requires board members to discard their personal agendas for the betterment of the system.
I am saddened that Bernadette Wagner and Roxanne Ober will not be candidates. These two women ran for office as "a team." This was unheard of and certainly raised eyebrows. However, they were successful and have served this county's children faithfully for the past eight years. I witnessed their courage during difficult discussions on redistricting, various construction projects, the Hancock community gymnasium, the Mike Callas Stadium and numerous other issues. They have been advocates for teachers and the children, always asking questions and seeking solutions that will improve classroom instruction.