The Issaquah School District Board of Directors will look a little different in 2017, thanks to a bit of reshuffling of positions at the Dec. 14 meeting.
Director Lisa Callan, who has served on the Board since 2013, will be the School Board’s new president in 2017. Callan was nominated by current Board President Suzanne Weaver, and a roll-call vote unanimously determined Callan as the new president.
Weaver, who has been a member of the Board since 2007, was presented with a commemorative gavel by Superintendent Ron Thiele to recognize her time as president.
“Thank you for your service,” Thiele told Weaver.
According to RCW 28A.330.010, a board president must be chosen every year or when new board members are seated.
With a symbolic reorganization of seating positions, Callan stepped into her new role right away and led the proceedings to elect a new legislative representative.
Through a roll-call vote, Director Harlan Gallinger, who Weaver nominated, was chosen as legislative representative.
Legislative representatives are chosen every two years, and report back to the Board on state legislation surrounding education. Callan previously served as the Board’s legislative representative.
Director Marnie Maraldo was unanimously chosen through a regular vote to remain the Federal Relations Network representative, but noted that another Board member is welcome to join her at the federal conference in Washington, D.C., as she has gone in the past.
“If there’s an opportunity and someone is interested in the trip to Washington, D.C., it is an amazing opportunity to get that face-to-face time with our Congress members and senators … Especially over the next two to three years, since [Washington State School Directors’ Association] is funding me to go, if another Board member wanted to go, I think it would be a valid opportunity for someone else to go,” Maraldo said.
“That’s great,” agreed Callan. “I think the more connections we can make, the better off we are in getting our voices heard.”
Director Anne Moore is the fifth member of the Issaquah School Board.