Bellevue resident Anne Moore readies to join school board

December 1, 2011

By Tom Corrigan

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Long before the first ballot was mailed back to King County, Issaquah School District residents were guaranteed of seeing at least one new face on their school board of directors next year.

Bellevue resident Anne Moore ran unopposed for the District One seat being vacated by current board president Jan Colbrese.

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

Anne Moore

But after what will be 12 years on the board, Colbrese said that 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 district schools.

Colbrese announced her decision not to run in June, prior to the election filing deadline. Issaquah School District 1 covers an area of the district to the west of Issaquah and south to Coalfield and north to Lake Sammamish.

While board candidates run for specific geographic seats, voters from across the district cast ballots for all board members. Issaquah School Board members each serve four-year terms. Board members may request pay of $50 per meeting, but the current board has chosen not to take that money, said Sara Niegowski, district executive director of communications.

Moore described herself as no stranger to the district, having served with the PTSA and on various district committees for 14 years. For example, Moore served on numerous bond and levy committees, including the committee that made initial recommendations for the bond question 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 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 convincing voters officials have gone overboard with improvements.

“It was time to rebuild Issaquah High School,” Moore said referring to the overall new construction at the school. 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 on the board will remain the same as they were when she served on school committees or in the PTSA. In short, she wants to ensure that when students leave Issaquah schools, they 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 (science, technology, engineering and math,)” Moore said.

As for the never-ending questions regarding 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 the property tax collections of the district especially when compared with surrounding districts.

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

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