Wanted: volunteer for school board

September 19, 2008

By Chantelle Lusebrink

As expected, Issaquah School Board Member Mike Winkler officially resigned his position Sept. 11.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to be on the board and to work with all the key players that make up the Issaquah School District,” Winkler said. “It has all been about the kids and my really strong belief in public education. I made this decision because of a difficult family circumstance. It is the right decision.”

Before leaving, Winkler called a variety of school district officials and community leaders to the floor to thank them for their service and dedication to the district. He also gave each a box of chocolates as a parting gift.

Winkler announced his intent to resign from the board June 25. He then cited new work related responsibilities and the desire to spend more time with his family.

Winkler was appointed to the board in 2004 and was re-elected in 2005.

Remaining board members, Jan Woldseth, Suzanne Weaver, Brian Deagle and Connie Fletcher unanimously approved Winkler’s resignation.

“It has been a pleasure to work with you all these years,” Fletcher said. “I have appreciated your views and your unique perspective. It has been truly valuable.”

Deagle thanked Winkler for welcoming him to the board.

“I have appreciated your candor and willingness to forget about how something might play out in terms of public reaction and to say and do what is best for kids,” said Deagle.

Board members approved a timeline for filling the vacant board position.

4Application deadline, 4 p.m. Oct. 13.

4Candidate interviews, Oct. 22.

4Second interviews if necessary, Oct. 28.

Applicants must live within District 4, spanning Issaquah Highlands, the downtown core, Preston, Mirrormont and Tiger Mountain areas. Check the boundaries on the district’s Web site or at the district offices, 565 N.W. Holly St.

If board members can’t find a replacement, officials at the Puget Sound Educational Service District in Renton have the authority to seat someone. The new member will serve the remainder of Winkler’s term, through November 2009.

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com.

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