Anne Moore running unopposed for District 1

October 8, 2011

By Tom Corrigan

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Anne Moore

Local voters are guaranteed of seeing at least one new face on the Issaquah School Board next year.

Bellevue resident Anne Moore is running unopposed for the District 1 seat being vacated by current board president Jan Colbrese.

“I will always be deeply invested in the Issaquah School District,” Colbrese said.

But after what will be 12 years on the board, she said, following discussions with her husband, she decided it was time to move on. She further noted that all of her children have now graduated from the district.

Colbrese announced her decision not to run in June, prior to the filing deadline. Since then, she was diagnosed with a serious illness. Colbrese said she is well on the way to recovery, but that is another reason she is glad she decided to step aside.

Although they run for specific seats representing certain geographic areas, all Issaquah board members are voted on districtwide. District 1 includes a northwest slice of the district around Cougar Mountain. Moore lives in the area of Bellevue served by the Issaquah School District.

School board terms are four years. Board members can request $50 per meeting and they are reimbursed for travel expenses. Travel expenses are capped at $4,800 per board member, but last year the board as a whole received $4,000 for expenses according to Sara Niegowski, district executive director of communications.

Moore is no stranger to the district having served with the PTSA and on various district committees for what she said has been 14 years. Moore has served on various bond and levy committees, including the committee that made initial recommendations for a bond that will be in front of voters in April. She said joining the school board feels like a natural progression of her past involvement with the schools.

Talking about the coming bond issue, Moore said she does not believe the schools have been lavish in their recent capital improvements or with the projects now under consideration. One current board member voiced a hope the new performing arts center at Issaquah High School is not “too beautiful,” possibly telling voters officials have gone overboard with improvements.

“It was time to rebuild Issaquah High School,” Moore said, stating that in past years, school drama productions were done on an inadequate stage in the student commons.

Because they hoped groups from outside the schools might be able to use the facility, Moore said some community members lobbied for the new performing arts center to be larger than it is.

In general, Moore said her goals for the board will remain the same as they were when she served on various committees or in the PTSA. In short, she wants to ensure that when they leave Issaquah schools, students are ready for whatever comes next, be that college or entering the job market.

“I think there is more we need to be doing in the area of STEM,” Moore said of the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math.

As for the never-ending issues revolving around state funding of schools, Moore said she has worked in the past and will continue to work to adjust the levy lids that in her opinion hurt local tax collections for the district, especially when compared with surrounding districts.

In another vein, Moore said she knows of at least one issue every district in the state eventually will need to deal with. At present, Washington education officials are running pilot programs in several districts across the state, testing new and different ways to evaluate teachers and principals, Moore said.

At 49, Moore still has children in district schools. Now a stay-at-home mom, she previously spent 12 years as an electrical engineer for IBM.

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