Ridenour seeks second term

January 11, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Washington County Board of Education Vice President Wayne D. Ridenour says he plans to help students and teachers maintain and improve upon the achievements they've made in recent years.

"I just don't want to see us slip," he said.

Ridenour, 56, of Williamsport, has filed to run for a second term on the board. There is a nine-way race for four open seats on the board, and the primary election will be Feb. 12.

"I like being involved in education," he said. "It's what I've done my whole life."

Ridenour, who first was elected to the board in 2004, taught history and government for about 30 years at Boonsboro High School before retiring in 2003. He has served as the board's vice president since last year.

He has worked as a certified residential real estate appraiser since he retired.

Ridenour admits that he doesn't like the constant testing students endure in public schools, referring to Maryland School Assessments and High School Assessments.


"But if that's the way they keep score, (we have to succeed)," he said.

Ridenour says people are the key to Washington County Public Schools' success.

"I just want to make sure we keep the people that we have now," he said. "Keep our teachers. It's the people that either make you or break you."

Ridenour, who serves on the board's facilities and human resources committees, said it is important for the board to spend taxpayer dollars responsibly.

He said there is some focus on finding available buildings in the county for a school, but sometimes doing work on older buildings can cost more than building a new school.

It's important that the school system continues to work with Hagerstown city and Washington County officials on options for new schools, he said.

"You have to spend taxpayer money responsibly," he said.

Ridenour said he would continue to bring experience, stability and a commitment to education to another term on the board.

"It's part of my life," he said. "Part of my family."

Ridenour's sister, and his wife of 29 years, Tootie, are Washington County teachers.

"Washington County means a lot to me," he said. "This is a quality school system, and it benefits us all."

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