Issaquah School District to fill vacant school board seat

January 23, 2013

By Administrator

A seat on the Issaquah School Board is up for grabs.

Board member Chad Magendanz left the position open when he resigned Jan. 9 in order to start his new job in the state Legislature.

The remaining four board members have 90 days to appoint a new representative from Issaquah’s fourth district, which spans from the Issaquah Highlands through the downtown corridor south to Tiger Mountain and Mirrormont. Sammamish residents do not live in the area.

The new member would need to serve the remainder of Magendanz’s term, through November 2013.

“If there is someone who is passionate about public education and wants to make a difference but doesn’t want to go to Olympia, the local school board is the place,” said Brian Deagle board president.

Candidates’ must submit a packet that includes three letters of recommendation; a written explanation of why they want to serve on the school board along with a biographical statement outlining, among other things, their education, experience and community activities, and brief responses to eight questions.

While the position is volunteer, board members can request reimbursement for travel and $50 per meeting, up to $4,800 per year.

Interviews have tentatively been scheduled for 7 p.m. March 6 and, if needed, March 20.

After Megandanz resigned, Deagle and fellow board member Suzanne Weaver formed a subcommittee to compile the eight candidate questions.

To do that, the two started with the questions that were used the last time a vacancy opened up outside of the general election. Overall, he said, a few tweaks were made to language while the concepts of the questions didn’t change.

“In terms of the issues and the hot topics in public education, a lot of them are the same as they have been in recent appointments,” said Deagle. “The approach to our governance model has not changed.”

Until the empty seat is filled, there will be just four board members, Deagle, Weaver, Marnie Maraldo and Anne Moore, which leaves open the possibility of 2-2 tie vote. If this happens, they must continue to work on the issue until either one person changes their vote or they agree that there can be no board action at that time.

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