12 apply for vacant Federal Way school board position

Nine men and three women have applied for the Federal Way Public Schools board of director’s vacant position.

Position 5 was vacated after former board member Tony Moore was convicted of felony theft last month.

The district cut off the application deadline at 4:30 p.m. on May 19, requiring candidates live in the district they wish to serve. The school board is expected to announce the new board director at their June 24 board meeting.

The following applicants are eligible for the seat, as their address falls within the district’s boundaries:

• Richard D. Champion, financial advisor

• Jeremy L. Cucco, senior project manager/engineer

• Christopher L. Dowllar, LTD. ENGY

• Hiroshi Eto, retired from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

• Susan D. Hendricks, owner of Hart Insurance Agency, Inc.

• Bruce A. Higdon, faculty at Pierce College

• Rick A. Hoffman, electrical engineer

• Shelley Ko, broadcaster

• Dale P. May, inventory control specialist

• Tanaya M. Meagher, marine maintenance dispatcher, Port of Seattle

• Donald P. Putman, radiation therapist

• Jack L. Stanford, insurance broker/owner of Stanford Insurance

According to Debra Stenberg, a spokesperson for the school district, Michael D. Byus, a chaplain/pastor, and Michael L. Hoag, a manager at Weyerhaeuser, were determined not to live in the board director District 5 boundaries. Ron R. Podmore, a teacher at Decatur High School, consultant and adjunct professor at Bellevue College, also applied but was ineligible by state law because he is already a district employee.

The school board recently filled the interim superintendent position with Sally McLean after former Federal Way Public Schools superintendent Rob Neu accepted a position with the Oklahoma City Public Schools. The decision came just days after Moore was convicted of seven counts of felony theft.

Several of the District 5 candidates voiced their beliefs that they could be the ones to help overturn the recent school board’s controversies.

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