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Board vacancy applications due next month

As many as seven citizens may be seriously considering applying for a vacancy on the Federal Way School Board.

Through Thursday, that many had requested applications, according to Chris Popich, board secretary.

April 11 is the deadline for formally applying to replace Ann Murphy, who resigned unexpectedly in Februay.

The remaining four board members wlil hosta an informational meeting for prospective candidates next Monday in the school district’s Educational Service Center at 5:30 p.m. The center is at 31405 18th Ave. S. The meeting will focus on the duties of board members.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and qualified voters residing within the boundaries of board District 3 (the southwestern portion of the school district. Additional information is available from Popich at 945-2003.

Eide honored for DUI work

The Tacoma/Pierce County DUI Task Force has chosen state Sen. Tracey Eide of as an award recipient for her contributions to Pierce County traffic safety.

Eide’s work last year securing passage of the graduated driver’s license bill and her efforts this year to stiffen penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) earned her the award, said Sheri Badger, coordinator for the Tacoma/Pierce County DUI Task Force.

The graduated driver’s license law went into effect last July and requires more supervised driving and restrictions on the number of passengers for drivers younger than 18. The DUI legislation, which did not make it out of the Senate this year, would have made a third DUI conviction a felony.

Eide received the award at a March 14 awards ceremony in Tacoma.

Harborview project gets cost oversight

The Metropolitan King County Council, the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center have reached an agreement for the university to provide project management of a publicly financed, $257 million critical-care expansion of Harborview.

The oversight agreement “will allow us to spot potential cost overruns, and take appropriate action before it is too late. I anticipate a smooth expansion project, which will keep Harborview one of the premier public medical centers in the country,” said Councilman Larry Phillips, chairman of the council’s Budget Committee.

Under the agreement, project managers must get council approval for “big-picture” changes in project scope, schedule or budget, Phillips said.

Harborview, a regional trauma and burn center owned by the county, is operated and managed by the university. Voters in 2000 authorized county-issued bonds to fund improvements of the hospital, including demolition of unsound buildings, construction of new ones and renovation and upgrading of existing facilities.

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