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Hartings voted new president of Washington County school board

December 11, 2012|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Donna Brightman shakes hands with Justin Hartings after he was voted president of the Washington County Board of Education. Hartings had four votes, Brightman had three.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

The Washington County Board of Education approved Justin Hartings as its new president near the start of Tuesday’s board meeting.

Hartings, who was recently re-elected to the board, replaces Wayne Ridenour as president.

Board members Hartings, Ridenour, Paul Bailey and Jacqueline Fischer voted for Hartings.

Also nominated for president was Donna Brightman, who received affirmative votes by herself and board members Karen Harshman and Melissa Williams.

At the end of Tuesday’s board meeting, Hartings said, “It is my intention, my goal, to serve all of you.”

He said he hoped board members would not hesitate to inform him of a way to do that more effectively.

This is Hartings’ first stint as school board president. He served as vice president for one year, he said.

The board president’s annual salary is $6,200, compared with $6,100 for other board members.

At the end of each calendar year the school board votes to decide who will be president and vice president.

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The board president runs school board meetings, signs documents, and serves as the “face and voice” of the board, said Ridenour, who served as board president for four years.

Ridenour nominated Hartings for president and Harshman nominated Brightman.

Bailey was approved as board vice president by a 4-3 vote, replacing Fischer. Brightman, Harshman and Williams voted no to affirming Bailey as vice president.

Bailey said he has served as both president and vice president during his tenure on the board.

Bailey said he looks forward to working with the current group of board members.

Ridenour said he was proud of his tenure as board president.

“I think we’ve done some good things,” including the search for a new superintendent that resulted in the hiring of Clayton Wilcox, Ridenour said.

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