Larson joins ranks of Federal Way School Board


The Mirror

David Larson took the oath of office Tuesday as the new Federal Way School Board member.

Larson was appointed by the school board to fill the vacancy in district 5 after Bob Millen resigned in late March.

Larson, an attorney, was selected from a pool of six candidates that included one woman, three African-Americans and a former school board member.

Larson has served on district committees in the past.

He ran for the position saying he wanted to bring common sense, judgment and his community involvement to the school board. He also hopes to find other saving measures for the school district other than cutting librarians from next year’s budget.

In his opinion column in today’s Mirror, Larson said he believes involved individuals are far better than spending money on programs in hopes they will solve the ills of the district.

School board members said they appointed him because of his legal background — especially as the school district enters a legal battle against the state over funding.

Larson will serve the remainder of Millen’s term, which expires at the end of 2007. Larson, in an earlier interview with The Mirror, said he wasn’t sure if he would run for office at that time.

Walter Backstrom, who was also a candidate, said he will run for the seat next fall because the school board passed on the chance to have a minority sitting at the dais.

Staff writer Mike Halliday: 925-5565,

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