By Evan Smith
Meadowdale-area parent April Nowak joined the Edmonds School Board by appointment Tuesday.
Nowak replaces Susan Phillips to represent director district 4. Former Board President Phillips resigned from the board in March to support her husband through a health problem. Phillips had been re-elected to her position in November 2013.
Nowak was one of six candidates who applied for the position.
Nowak’s children attend Meadowdale High School and Edmonds Heights K-12. They attended the Board meeting to witness the swearing in that took place at the start of the meeting.
New Board President Diana White said that she appreciates Nowak’s extensive knowledge in policy issues and budgeting.
“My 16 years as an Edmonds resident and 12 years as a parent in the Edmonds School District gives me first-hand knowledge of how the District operates and the needs of the population it serves,” Nowak said.
“My passion for service and education is what led me to run and be elected as student body president of Oregon State University and to be appointed to the Oregon State Board of Higher Education.
“I now want to serve the students, families and staff of the District in a meaningful and thoughtful manner.”
Nowak was a program manager with Boeing when she first moved to the Puget Sound region. She now serves on the board of directors of a local non-profit and home schools two of her children.
The newly appointed board member will serve until the next regularly scheduled School Board election in November 2015. The person elected in November 2015 would need to run for a full, four-year term in November 2017. Candidates for the position must live in director district 4, but citizens from throughout the School District vote on the position.
The Edmonds School District includes Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of south Snohomish County.