Mother of two covets school board post

“I have two kids here,” Lisa Welch apologized to a caller over the background noise, which explains in large part why she’s applied to become the newest Federal Way School Board member.

As of Thursday, one week before the application deadline, Welch was the only official candidate for appoitnment to replace Ann Murphy on the board. She wants the job for the sake of her own daughters and other children in the school district, Welch said.

“I want to do my part to see that no students fall through the cracks in our school system,” she said. “I would like to contribute my voice to the board and help the process.”

Welch has a preschooler and a first-grader who attends Silver Lake Elementary School, where Welch is a classroom volunteer. But, she said, “I have a bigger picture of the district beyond my daughter’s classroom.”

Welch, whose husband, John, is a former chief financial officer of the district, has lived in Federal Way for 10 years. A California native, she attended the University of Colorado and Seattle University. She works on a contract basis as a corporate trainer.

While she’s “not opposed to any current or past board members,” there is a need for some “balance” on the five-member panel, she said.

“I’d be an open ear for people,” sne said.

The board has been down to four members (all men) since Murphy’s unexpected resignation in February with 18 months left in her term. Applications for the vacancy will be accepted until noon next Thursday (additional information is available from the district at 945-2003). The final list of applicants wlil be reviewed by the board April 15 in executive session (closed to the public) before interviews and a possible appointment at another board meeting April 25.

At least four other people who are qualified (mainly by being a resident of the district’s southwest area) have informally expressed interest to the board in joining it, but hadn’t applied earlier this week.

Whoever is chosen by the current board members would serve the remainder of Murphy’s term and would have to stand for election in 2003 in order to keep the office. Welch said she doesn’t know if she would run.

Welch hasn’t held any public offices, but she is active on city of Federal Way advisory committees. She’s on the Parks and Recreation Committee and is a former member of the Human Services Commission.

Editor Pat Jenkins can be reached at 925-5565 and

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