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Silvers steps aside; others vie for spot

“After 20 years I feel like I should step aside and give someone else a chance to serve on the board, I’ve really, really, really enjoyed it. I have enjoyed working with my fellow board members, I’ve enjoyed working with the teachers and the students and the central office staff; It’s just been a wonderful experience.”

— Mary Lo Silvers

 

By COLLIN BROOKS

Staff Writer

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After two decades serving the Washington County Board of Education, second district board member Mary Lo Silvers has decided to not seek reelection.

Mary Lo Silvers
Mary Lo Silvers

Silvers was elected to the Board of Education in 1996 and is one of two level five board members that currently holds a seat.

“After 20 years I feel like I should step aside and give someone else a chance to serve on the board, I’ve really, really, really enjoyed it,” Silvers told the Herald and Tribune after the April 7 board meeting. “I have enjoyed working with my fellow board members, I’ve enjoyed working with the teachers and the students and the central office staff; It’s just been a wonderful experience.”

A lifelong educator, Silvers retired from the Washington County School System after 41 years of teaching at Lamar High School and David Crockett High School. Silvers said that she was pleased with her time on the board, which included seeing the school system open two new schools in Ridgeview and Grandview. But she said she is ready for a new chapter in her life.

“I’ll miss it, but I want to get into another part of my life,” Silvers said. “I’m sure that some good person will replace me and the school system will go on to be really great, like it is. I am just so proud of our school system, because our students are just phenomenal. The teachers, it’s just unbelievable how much they work and they accomplish so much. I just want them to keep on doing that.”

With Silvers stepping down, that means that there will be at least one new board member elected for the second district. Phillip McLain, the only other level five member of the school board, and chairman Todd Ganger will be seeking reelection during the August 4 election.

McLain has served on the school board since 2004, while Ganger, a level four board member has served since 2008.

They will be challenged by three candidates: Bob Cantler, Vince Walters and Mary Beth Dellinger.