October 22, 2013
Lisa Callan for school board seat
Issaquah School District voters are fortunate to have two excellent choices for school board director seat 4. Both Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan applied for the vacancy last spring when Chad Magendanz resigned to serve in the state Legislature.
The school board members struggled with the appointment, first split evenly between the two women. Eventually, Meryweather got the appointment.
Meryweather does have more lobbying experience and her confidence and knowledge makes her a leader in that arena. But community comes first.
While Meryweather seems to have all the answers, we prefer a representative who is seeking solutions. That’s Lisa Callan’s strength, along with her listening skills. While she did not get the board’s appointment to the seat, she did not give up. She has spent the intervening months meeting with parents, teachers, community leaders and taxpayers, prompting conversations that will make her even more prepared for a role on the school board.
Callan did have an earlier misstep with her PDC reporting of campaign finances, but it’s a common mistake of first-time candidates and her reports are now up to date.
Callan is a proven hard-worker. She has no ego mixed in with her good intentions to continue quality education in a safe learning environment. Her business and technology background will serve the district well.
The Oct. 16 editorial regarding Eastside Fire & Rescue’s future was based on incorrect information. The EFR board vote was to take a new funding model back for discussion with each of the six partner agencies. We mistakenly understood the vote to be an endorsement of the plan by the board members, which it was not.
Sammamish is set to decide Nov. 12 on moving ahead with its own fire department outside the EFR consortium. While some information was incorrect, we stand by our hope that an agreement can be reached with Sammamish still being part of EFR.