Marnie Maraldo will seek re-election
May 14, 2013
By Christina Corrales-Toy
Issaquah School Board member Marnie Maraldo has announced that she will file for re-election this spring.
Maraldo, of Newcastle, occupies the District 2 seat, representing Newcastle and the southwest portion of the school district. She was elected to the board at the end of 2009, taking over for longtime member Connie Fletcher.
The Newcastle mother of two looks forward to continuing the work of managing the district through a challenging fiscal period, if re-elected, she said in a statement.
“In the past four years, the district has faced $16 million in funding cuts from the state, and yet still provides the excellent education our community has come to expect,” she said.
As the district continues to grow, Maraldo said she believes there is still significant work to be done.
“We have an increasing number of students coming to our schools with educational challenges,” she said. “English isn’t spoken at home, their families are facing difficulties in this harsh economy or they struggle with learning disabilities. The best way to level the playing field is by providing them an education that meets their unique needs.”
Maraldo represents the board on the Washington State School Directors Association’s Legislative Committee and the National School Board Association Federal Relations Network. As the board’s legislative representative, she has testified before both the House and Senate Education Committees.
“The state Supreme Court has made it clear that the legislature is not upholding the constitution,” she said. “If we don’t invest in education for our future workforce, we will be facing an even larger fiscal cliff in the future.”
A graduate of Liberty University, Maraldo began her career working at the NASA-Ames Research Center in an educational program aimed at making math and science more exciting for children. From there, she spent seven years working at Cisco Systems, before deciding to stay home full time.