HAGERSTOWN - One month after a Washington County Board of Education member made comments about a school board candidate that the candidate's attorney described as potentially "slanderous," a videotape of that meeting has not been televised.
The board voted unanimously Tuesday to postpone approval of the minutes from the Dec. 11 business meeting. By not approving those records, they are unavailable to the public. The board member's comments were not said to be the reason for not approving the records.
An attorney representing Jacqueline B. Fischer, a candidate for the board, asked that the tape not be broadcast. The attorney claimed that comments made by Board Member Bernadette M. Wagner could open Wagner, and possibly Washington County Public Schools, to a lawsuit.
Board meetings typically air on Antietam Cable's channel 99.
During the December meeting, Wagner said a candidate who has a contract with the board is subject to the board's authority, and she questioned whether that was a violation of board policy. She sought a legal opinion at that time on whether that candidate should step down from the race or leave the position. She did not name Fischer in her remarks.