ISF director to stay another year

March 9, 2009

By Staff

Robin Callahan

Robin Callahan

ISF director to stay another yearIssaquah Schools Foundation Executive Director Robin Callahan is staying on another year.

“I believe given the current economic conditions, it is in the foundation’s and my best interest to remain with the foundation,” she said. “I think that having consistent leadership is a good thing for our organization. And in the months between when I had made my decision to leave the foundation and now, the job climate has changed.”

Callahan rescinded her resignation in late January. At the time, foundation officials were getting ready to call in several candidates for first-round interviews.

“We were ready to roll,” said Eve Martine, the foundation’s board president. “We had a wonderful pool, a strong pool, of candidates. Still, there is that piece of having to educate someone in a very, very difficult environment.”

With a state budget that could severely cut education funding, Callahan’s leadership is welcome, Martine said.

The foundation’s board members accepted Callahan’s resignation in late September but didn’t announce it until late October, after the annual luncheon.

She was supposed to end her nearly 10-year tenure — six of those as the foundation’s executive director — June 30.

Comp plan gets green light

Planners will address sustainability in coming months as they craft changes to the city’s growth plan. Following a March 2 City Council vote, planners will turn a set of proposed amendments into growth guideposts. The amendments will be added to the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which outlines long-term growth.

“This simply sets the work plan for the Planning Department,” Councilman John Rittenhouse said.

Some amendments address improvements to city parks and municipal water and sewer systems. Measures to address climate change will be considered as well.

Though a proposed annexation of Klahanie is included among the amendments, council members said the annexation was unlikely to be considered. The measure was also considered last year. Items not addressed during the amendment process are held for the following year.

Members of the city Planning Policy Commission, who reviewed the proposals in January, offered two recommendations for the Klahanie proposal. The recommendations include: informing the public of new developments since the failed 2005 annexation and clarify the future of the proposed annexation area.

The Council Land Use Committee weighed the proposed amendments last month. Rittenhouse and Councilman John Traeger, who serve on the Land Use Committee, forwarded the proposal to the full City Council for consideration.

The state Growth Management Act requires the city to prepare, implement and update a comprehensive plan. Issaquah adopted its Comprehensive Plan in 1995.

The annual process to amend the plan, zoning map, and city land use code begins with a set of proposed amendments. While the land use code can be amended at anytime, state law limits Comprehensive Plan amendments to once a year.

Get beak to beak with      herons on kayak tour

Kayak Academy invites would-be paddlers to get a close-up look at great blue herons and other waterfowl. Guided tours along the shores of Lake Sammamish will be offered March 15 and April 5. The program is from 9 a.m. – noon.

Kayak Academy is accepting registrations for the annual spring tour. A state park ranger will present an on-the-water program about the great blue heron. Participants are also likely to see a variety of waterfowl, bald eagles and red-tailed hawks. Lake Sammamish State Park hosts one of the largest heronries in the Seattle area with 80 to 100 nesting pairs.

Spotting scopes will be available for land-based bird viewing. Participants should bring their own binoculars to view birds from the water.

Preregistration is required for the event. Registration is $5 per person.

Kayak rentals are $10 per person or $15 for couples or a family of three (children under 13). Free dry suits will be provided. Paddlers will meet at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road.

Call 206-527-1825 to register.

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