Murphy to leave schoolboard post

Federal Way School Board president Ann Murphy resigned Monday, saying she felt a spiritual calling to step down.

Murphy told her colleagues she was planning to resign following Monday night’s board meeting, but board members and district administrators were confused by her decision.

“We had some word that was coming, but we don’t know why,” said Deborah Stenberg, school district spokeswoman.

Board member Charlie Hoff said the resignation was a surprise.

“She simply said she had spiritual needs that need to be attended to,” he said. “The reasoning is not so clear you can have a thought on it.”

Murphy had 18 months remaining until her term expired.

Board member Earl Van Dorien was named to fill the presidency until the board restructures in December.

Hoff said he doesn’t expect much change to the board’s work-in-progress, though it will depend on who is selected to fill the now-vacant spot.

Public perception of the board might be affected, though Hoff said he didn’t know what to expect.

“I’m not sure what way it will be,” he said. “People will have different interpretations.”

The next school board meeting is March 11 at the Educational Service Center, 31405 18th Ave. S. in Federal Way.

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