Board selects new member in 4-0 vote

Board selects new member in 4-0 vote
Posted on 08/27/2021
The Tahoma School Board last night voted 4-0 to select Michael Wiggins to fill the Director District 2 position. That board seat was vacant due to the resignation of Katrina Montgomery, whose family moved out of state this summer. Wiggins lives in Maple Valley with his wife and five children who attend Tahoma schools, and works as a lawyer.

“I’m looking forward to working with the other directors, Superintendent Hanson, and the entire community of Tahoma staff and families to ensure that we continue to provide the best education and opportunities possible for all of our students,” Wiggins said Friday.

He will take the oath of office in a public meeting at 6 p.m. today. If you would like to listen in, send an email to to request a link.

The current board members interviewed four applicants in a public meeting on Tuesday, then discussed the qualifications of the applicants in executive session before voting in a second public meeting Thursday night. The other three applicants were Jaya Mallik, Carol Lake and Ben Hayman.

“We are thrilled to welcome Michael onto the Board. As a parent in our district, he shares our deep commitment to helping all Tahoma students thrive, and his legal expertise will add great value to our discussions and decision making,” Board President Malia Hollowell said.

When there is a vacancy on the School Board in a position that is mid-term, the board appoints someone to fill that vacancy. Wiggins will serve until November of 2023, at which time the position will be up for election for a four-year term. He is eligible to run for election at that time, along with any other qualified candidates. In general, School Board directors each represent a geographic area, with each Director District drawn to include about one-fifth of the people who reside in the School District. The Director Districts are adjusted following each Census. School Director elections are voted on by all registered voters in the School District, regardless of where the voter lives within the district.

We’ll share more about Wiggins next week in an article in the first Tahoma Matters eNewsletter of the year.
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