FRONT ROYAL – Warren County School Board Vice Chairman Doug Rosen announced Wednesday that he would not seek re-election for his seat.

Rosen said at the School Board meeting that he was always planning on serving just one term. He said he joined the board to help give back to the school system that gave his two sons their education.

“Warren County Public Schools is doing a great job,” he said. “It’s a good organization. It’s very stable.”

Rosen was elected in 2015 and began his four-year term in 2016. He also serves on the School Board Building Committee.

Rosen expressed his gratitude to fellow board members for the time they’ve worked together.

“I’ve had a lovely time with you guys,” he said. “It has been quite a learning experience. Thanks to everybody who has helped me. I hope that I was able to contribute a little something.”

Greg Drescher, superintendent of Warren County Public Schools, said that he was sorry to hear that Rosen would not be seeking re-election in the fall.

“Mr. Rosen is a great supporter of our schools,” Drescher said. “We will miss his wise counsel on many of the topics the board worked through on a regular basis.”

Rosen said he will serve out the remainder of his term, which expires on Dec. 31.

The board also approved several contracts during the meeting, including an agreement for Apex to remove asbestos at A.S. Rhodes Elementary Scho, and a food management services contract with Sodexo.

The contract with Apex is to test and abate any asbestos that may be in the flooring tile or pipe insulation at the elementary school before renovations begin this summer. The total asbestos abatement cost is $59,365.

The food management services contract with Sodexo will allow food service employees working in Warren County Public Schools, except the administrative assistant, to transfer over to Sodexo employment starting July 1. The employees would work in the school system and get all of the benefits that Sodexo offers, including a 3% percent pay increase for employees and additional pay based on work performance.

Drescher announced at the end of the meeting that the board will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday to discuss the Board of Supervisors’ vote on the fiscal year 2020 budget for Warren County Public Schools. The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the school budget during its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

“We may not be able to make any decisions that day, but we can certainly have a discussion about what we know,” Drescher said.

– Contact Donald Lambert at dlambert@nvdaily.com

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