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School redistricting committee makeup approved

March 07, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The Washington County Board of Education approved several appointments, and lengthened some current members’ appointments, for an advisory committee that makes recommendations regarding redistricting.

The school board voted 6-0 on Tuesday to appoint seven people to the Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee.

Board member Wayne Ridenour abstained from the vote on the new committee members.

Ridenour said Thursday he abstained because of a personal bias.

Board member Melissa Williams did not abstain, although one of the new appointees, Jennifer Ashbaugh, had served as her campaign treasurer. Williams joined the board in December after being elected in November.

Asked Thursday why she didn’t abstain, Williams said, “That’s a good question. ... It never occurred to me to abstain.”

Williams said Ashbaugh had served on other school system committees. She also said Ashbaugh was one of only two people from the Smithsburg area who applied to serve on the committee and the committee needed two representatives from that area.

Asked if she would abstain if she had it to do over again, Williams said, “Absolutely, I would have abstained.”

Williams said she wouldn’t want there to be any thought of impropriety, favoritism, or anything similar.

According to an email from Planning Supervisor Chad Criswell, the new appointees to the Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee, and the high school district they represent, are:
• Brian Albert, Clear Spring area
• Jennifer Ashbaugh, Smithsburg area
• Caren Cramer, Boonsboro area
• Anne Dunham, Williamsport area
• Heather Lindner, Hagerstown - South area
• Darlene Sellers, Smithsburg area
• David Smith, Boonsboro area

The committee has a vacancy for a Hancock area representative, Criswell said. Applications are online at www.wcps.k12.md.us/school_board/advisory_committee.

The board voted unanimously to extend the committee terms for three Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee members until May 15 so they could remain on the committee until it makes recommendations for alleviating overcrowding at Pangborn Elementary School for the upcoming school year, school system officials said. The committee is to provide its recommendations, concerning Pangborn, to the school board no later than April 2.

Those three committee members are Lorraine O’Connor, of the Boonsboro area; Kira Hamman, of the Smithsburg area; and Bert Iseminger, who represents the Hagerstown-South area and has been serving as committee chairman.

According to the school system’s website, committee terms are two years.

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