Wilson and Peterson take their seats on Federal Way School Board

Claire Wilson and Danny Peterson were sworn in at the Federal Way School Board meeting Dec. 13, with Wilson representing District 2 and Peterson representing District 3.

Their first votes as members of the school board were for electing board officers. Tony Moore retained his position as president, while Angela Griffin was elected vice president, and Ed Barney was chosen to be the district's legislative representative.

The two newcomers were sworn in by Judge David Larson, who commented about Wilson's and Peterson's roles as school board members. Larson, a former school board president, said he felt compelled to make the comments after listening to 22 commenters earlier in the meeting.

"There's three basic rules that I operate under, and I expect others around me to operate under," Larson said. "They are: Do what's right. Do the best that you can. And treat others as you want to be treated. As a school board member, that is what your job will be for the next four years, and beyond, hopefully."

Larson shared a poem by an unknown author called "The Builder," using it as a reminder that it's much more difficult to build something than to tear it down.

"Ultimately, it's a very important role being taken on by the new board members. I just wanted to give my humble comments, on that, because I think it's very important, because we're trying to build something here," he said.

Wilson and Peterson shared thoughts on their new roles.

"I just want to say hello," Wilson said, drawing a laugh from the small crowd left in the room. "I just want to really thank the voters, and also the folks who supported me. Not only my family, but a lot of my friends."

Wilson, who replaces outgoing board member Suzanne Smith, hopes to focus on the things that really matter in her time as a school board member.

"I care deeply about the education of all children. I want them to know what it's like to live in a global society, to live in a diverse community, and to know what success looks like, not only for them, but for their friends and all the other folks they come into contact with. I see my time here as really putting focus on what I already think is important, and hopefully, we'll be able to provide some ideas, and some other ways of thinking to move the work of the district and the board forward," she said.

Peterson, who replaces outgoing board member Amye Bronson-Doherty, thanked family and friends —and said he's ready to help the students of Federal Way succeed.

"I really love our our city, I love our schools. I'm passionate about student learning and seeing our kids achieve in all levels of life," he said. "(Board president) Tony (Moore), touched on it earlier, I want to see the students of our city succeed, and have my fingerprint in their life…I'm looking forward to serving with excellence."



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