Castellar and Englund will run for school board

Castellar will run for school board again:

Federal Way School Board member Evelyn Castellar announced she will run again for board director position 3.

“In the past 3½ years, we have seen remarkable improvement to our school district in the areas of academic achievement, closing the achievement gap and occupational education,” Castellar wrote in a news release. “I have personally encouraged and supported Latino Night School (now considered a best practice), NATEF, Cambridge, an effective 13th year plan, Choice schools, a rigorous curriculum, music and athletics and I continue to support these and other successful programs.

“I am pleased to be supported by a diverse array of political leaders, members from both political parties, families, influential community members, business leaders, teachers, staff, administrators, and students including: King County Council member Pete Von Reichbauer, Betty Huff, Don Barrows, Peggy Laporte, Tom Pierson, Dr. John Jarstead, Bob Hitchcock, Rep. Skip Priest, Beth Bishop, Pastor Lukyamuzi, Monda Holsinger, Principal Randy Kazar, Nancy Papineau, Jim Ferrell, Bill Avery, students past and present, Nathan (Nat) Sanchez, Nicky Mills, Carmen Acuna, Haley Skipper and their families, and many more.”

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Englund will run for school board:

Leonard “Len” Englund announced that he will be running for Federal Way School Board director position two.

Englund attended Federal Way schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. He and his wife, Sandra, have two children in Federal Way schools (Phillip, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School, and Elizabeth, an eighth-grader at Federal Way Public Academy).

Englund has been active in the school community, attending most every school board meeting since 2000, serving on the district’s fiscal advisory committee, the principal interview team at FWPA, and the PTA.

“We need to build on the many positive things happening in Federal Way. Of our neighboring districts, we are the only district achieving annual yearly progress as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act,” Englund said in a news release.

“We have wonderful programs such as the carpentry program and AVID at TJ, the horticulture program at Decatur, JROTC at Beamer as well as JROTC and the Cambridge Academy at Federal Way, to name a few. These give students many choice opportunities. They are helping Federal Way’s students prepare for the workforce in the 21st century.

“This new board will be overseeing the building of five new schools as well as buildings for nutrition services and the maintenance department. The buildings are badly needed.

“It’s an exciting time for our district. We need to keep this great momentum going.”

Englund can be reached at

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