Highline School Board to appoint Chung (Joe) Van as new member April 15

The Highline School Board is scheduled to appoint a new member – Chung (Joe) Van of SeaTac – on Wednesday, April 15, during a special meeting.

Van is a finalist for the vacant Director District 3 position.

The School Board will hold a special meeting on Monday, April 13, from 5:30 – 6 p.m. to interview Van, followed by a meet-and-greet event open to the public beginning at 6 p.m. Both will be held in the Highline High School library (225 South 152nd Street, Burien).

On Wednesday, April 15, from 6 – 6:15 p.m., the School Board will hold a special meeting on whether to appoint Van to serve in the Director District 3 position until the end of 2015. The position will be up for election on the November 2015 ballot.

If an appointment is made, the special meeting will also include the oath of office. The meeting will be held at the Educational Resource and Administrative Center (15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW, Burien).

A regular School Board meeting will follow, starting at 6:15 p.m.

Joe Van is a 1995 graduate of Tyee High School and holds an AA in Administration of Justice from Highline Community College. He is employed as a supervisor at Owens & Minor medical supply distribution center in Sumner. Joe serves on the City of SeaTac Human Services Advisory Committee and is active in a number of civic activities. He speaks fluent Vietnamese. Joe and his wife Leslee, also a Tyee graduate, have three children attending McMicken Heights Elementary.

A total of four individuals applied for the position left open when Board Member Susan Goding retired last month.

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