Magendanz fills school board slot

November 4, 2008

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Chad Magendanz

School board members selected Chad Magendanz to fill their vacant District 4 position Oct. 28.

He “has amazing enthusiasm and energy and is very thoughtful about what kids need in a global economy,” said board member Suzanne Weaver.

Magendanz is a design lead for a software company based in Kirkland and a parent volunteer in schools, as well as active in educational advocacy groups, like Stand for Children and the PTSA.

“Clearly, there was a lot of competition for the position, which is a great statement for our community that many people would prioritize children’s education to take it on,” Magendanz said. “That trust the community has placed in the board is something I don’t take lightly and it is a lot of responsibility. I have a lot to learn and I’m looking forward to the experience.”

He’ll represent the highlands, downtown core, Mirrormont, Tiger Mountain areas and Preston.

The position was left vacant by former board member Mike Winkler, who resigned Sept. 11.

Magendanz was appointed by a 3-1 vote, after board members conducted second-round interviews of their final two candidates: Magendanz and Carla Wigen, a vice president and senior trust officer for Washington Trust Bank. Board President Jan Woldseth voted to appoint Wigen.

Questions during the second round included asking candidates how they would handle certain hypothetical situations involving district and community issues, like the closure of a school or a boundary review.

Five area residents initially applied for the position: Magendanz, Wigen, Steven Ellis, Margaret (Peggy) Moe and Jeffrey Wood.

Magendanz will be sworn in to office at the Nov. 12 board meeting. He will serve the remainder of Winkler’s term, through November 2009. During his interviews, he said he intends to run for re-election.

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or

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