Brian Deagle is new Issaquah School Board president

August 28, 2012

By Lillian O'Rorke

Chad Magendanz has stepped down as president of the Issaquah School Board. Brian Deagle has been named Magendanz’s predecessor, effective immediately.

Brian Deagle

The announcement came at the end of the Aug. 22 school board meeting. Magendanz is running as a Republican for the 5th Legislative District seat in the state House of Representatives and cited the upcoming political debate season as his reason for passing the gavel.

“The only person who can really speak for the board is the board president,” he said. “And there was concern that there would be confusion when I talk in a debate as to who I’m speaking for — the board or myself.”

He added that the beginning of the school year seemed like the most logical point to step down.

“I want to thank you, Chad, for the work you have done and leadership you have provided,” Superintendent Steve Rasmussen said. “We know that you have hard work ahead of you.”

Rasmussen then opened nominations for the chairman of the board and fellow board member Marnie Maraldo immediately nominated Deagle. Agreeing with her, the board unanimously voted to name Deagle as the new school board president.

Elected to the school board in 2007 and again in 2011, Deagle has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. During the day he works as a senior attorney at Microsoft and lives in Sammamish with his wife and two daughters.

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