Five candidates running for a seat on the Washington County Board of Education attended an orientation session Wednesday night that focused on the role of a board member.
The session at South Hagerstown High School was attended by Meredith Fouche, Jacqueline B. Fischer, Margaret Lowery, Tom Janus and Russell F. Williams II.
Current board members Donna Brightman and Wayne D. Ridenour, former board member W. Edward Forrest and board candidate Justin M. Hartings did not attend.
There are nine candidates vying for four open seats on the board.
B. Marie Byers, who served on the county's Board of Education from 1970 to 2001, said it was her idea to organize the information session. Byers, the state's longest serving board member, said she would have liked an orientation before she first took office in 1970.