Renton City Council meets with Issaquah School Board

May 5, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

The Issaquah School Board and Renton City Council met April 27 to discuss events and upcoming projects, which affect both jurisdictions.It is the first time in several years the two entities have met, said Brian Deagle, Issaquah School Board president.

“It is important, because the district spans so many municipalities. It is important to have relationships with other governments in our boundaries,” he said.

“Government, whether that is the school district or cities, all serve the community,” Councilman King Parker said. “It is important to understand the different issues that are in our common territories, so that we will be able to work together for a better understanding of our community and what our citizens need.”

Officials from both organizations talked about their respective budgets and how they intend to weather hard times ahead, Deagle said.

“There was nothing real meaty. It was a discussion about the budget, naturally, and really more of a get-together,” Parker said.

Officials also talked limitedly about potential future annexations by the city of Renton in parts of the district that are now considered unincorporated King County. However, specific timelines or areas for annexation weren’t discussed, Deagle said.

“Right now, there is nothing special on the table in Renton, as there is in Issaquah and Sammamish with our construction. But if they annex more of the district into Renton, to have an established relationship will be better,” he said.

Both representatives said the meeting was successful and productive.

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