2012: A year of building for the future at Washington County Schools
New construction plans, new reading program and a new health services deal highlight year
Cement pipes are shown being unloaded this past summer near the site of where the new Bester School will be built. (File photo / December 27, 2012)
On Sept. 18, the school board voted unanimously to award contracts, paying nonprevailing wages, for construction of the new Bester school.
Work began in the fall to prep the site, including digging geothermal wells that will supply heating and cooling for the school and installing approximately 1,100 grout columns 25 feet to 30 feet deep as part of a special foundation system, due to soft soil in the area.
Nov. 6 — Three incumbents and a political newcomer were elected to the Washington County Board of Education.
Incumbents Donna Brightman, Wayne Ridenour and Justin Hartings were re-elected. Retired school system employee Melissa Williams won the fourth spot, replacing board member W. Edward Forrest, who did not run for re-election.
In the nonpartisan race, five people ran for the four open seats on the seven-member board.
Local attorney Travis Poole failed in his first election bid to win a seat on the school board.
A month after the election, Hartings was voted in as the new president of the school board. Four board members voted for Hartings as president and three for Brightman.
The board president’s annual salary is $6,200, compared with $6,100 for other board members.
Editor’s note: As we usher out 2012 and welcome 2013, The Herald-Mail has prepared a package of year-end stories that provide short recaps of some of the top stories of the year past. These stories will be published through New Year’s Day.