Connie Fletcher won’t seek another school board term
May 5, 2009
By Chantelle Lusebrink
After serving16 years as a member of the Issaquah School Board, Connie Fletcher said she will not run for another term.
Her seat is open in the Nov. 3 election. Her term ends after certification of the election.
Board member Chad Magendanz, appointed in October, said he would seek election to his position.
“It has been a great honor to serve the children and families of this district for the past 16 years, but it now time for me to move on to other challenges and opportunities,” Fletcher wrote in a letter to The Press. “I look forward to being of service to children, families and the education community in other capacities.”
In her time on the board, Fletcher has served two terms as board president and six years as the board’s legislative representative. She worked to implement several pieces of legislation to improve education, like Initiative 728 and No Child Left Behind, and she chaired the Achievement Gap Task Force. Fletcher traveled throughout the state and nation on behalf of education initiatives.
“She has an excellent way of engaging our representatives and our community in Issaquah,” Board President Brian Deagle said. “It is going to take a lot to replace her, and we’re not going to replace all she brings to the board with just the individual that fills her position. All of us on the board will have to step up and fill those.”
Fletcher’s retirement from the board leaves the south-end district position open. That area encompasses the Liberty High School attendance area, including Maywood Middle School and surrounding elementary schools.
Magendanz will run for election, as he said he would during his appointment process in October.
“I committed to running when I was applying for the position,” he said. “The enthusiasm hasn’t dimmed at all. I have only been energized by my experience on the board so far.”
Magendanz said he wants to ensure Issaquah’s education system continues to meet the needs of children who will work in the 21st century, maintain accountability for the district’s mission and ends, and exceed expectations throughout the state and nation.
Magendanz represents the southeast part of the district, including the Issaquah Highlands, Preston, Mirrormont and Tiger Mountain areas.
Issaquah School Board members serve four-year terms and are not paid for their work. Board members can apply for $50 reimbursements per meeting up to $4,800 each year, but they aren’t school district employees. Each candidate must live within the boundaries of his or her director district to be eligible for election.
If you think you might want to fill either position, board members and Issaquah Schools Superintendent Steve Rasmussen will be available to answer your questions at the administrative building May 11. Candidates must file for election the week of June 1-5.
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