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Waynesboro school board names new leaders

December 09, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Waynesboro Area School Board underwent a change in leadership this week, as board members Ed Wilson and Leland Lemley were named president and vice president, respectively.

North End voters elected Wilson in 2007. On Tuesday, Wilson's fellow board members picked him as president on a 8-0 vote, with board member Pat Heefner in abstention.

For 18 years, Lemley has represented the North End, which includes Quincy Township, Mont Alto and part of Guilford Township. The motion to make him vice president passed unanimously.

Board member K. Marilyn Smith had been serving as president. Chris Devers was vice president, but he did not seek re-election this year.

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Heefner was named secretary for a second year. New board member Chris Lind will serve as treasurer, and new board member Bonnie Bachtell will be the assistant secretary.

"I'm looking forward to the school district being run like we've wanted it to be run for several years," resident Herbert Busick said in response to the re-organization.

He encouraged the new board members to remember the platforms on which they campaigned this year.

The school board also selected representatives to various other boards on which they have representation. Heefner and Lemley will represent Waynesboro on the Franklin County Career and Technology Center joint operating committee, Smith and Bachtell will sit on the Franklin Learning Center board, and Lind will serve on the Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 board.

Lind asked the school board to consider holding some of its 2010 meetings at various sites around the district to perhaps draw more public input from those areas. Wilson suggested the Monday, Dec. 14, special meeting include an opportunity for the public to interact with the board.

Lemley said he wants videos of the meetings to be posted on the district Web site at www.wasd.k12.pa.us. Meetings are already recorded and archived, but not posted for public viewing.

Technology Supervisor Roger Lange said he will investigate the feasibility of putting videos online and report back to the board.

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