Rapid Response

June 15, 2010

By Contributor

What type of leader should city officials choose for the next city administrator?

The mayor is being paid to be a full-time mayor and should therefore be running the city.

— Jackie Thomas, Issaquah

What steps should Issaquah School District officials take to reduce expenses or increase funding?

First, they should figure out how much it costs to educate students and adopt a plan to fund that — then start looking for ways to increase funding or reduce expenses.

— Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah

As with all business these days, more is expected with less. Simplifying the funding process to a student/per capita ratio per school will allow for huge reduction in administrative costs and provide consistent funding across all districts. Consider privatizing education. Emphasize tax incentives for home schooling and private school choice.

— Mark Bowers, Issaquah

Since we can’t cut much further and can’t get more money, send all the kids to Bellevue or Mercer Island for schooling — they are paid much more per student by the state.

— Fred Nystrom, Issaquah

Why do they always look for more money? Just use some of the “hopefully educated” administrators to really look to making efficient cutting from within. Each taxpayer has to do it within his or her own home.

— Ken Sessler, Issaquah

No easy solutions here. After the requisite audits to eliminate waste, bureaucratic impediments, brainstorming more efficient and effective ways to achieve results, lobbying for state and federal grants, and charging fees for participating in extra- curricular activities (providing scholarships to those whose parents can’t afford them), there seems to be no choice other than to increase property taxes and/or seek approval of another bond issue.

— Ray Extract, Issaquah

Administrators do not add value to the education product. Start cutting administrative positions and reducing salaries.

— Hank Thomas, Issaquah

Many people do not realize that school districts are highly regulated. School districts can “work smart” within this framework, but long-term solutions will be crafted by the state of Washington.

— Barbara diMichele, Issaquah

Eliminate management positions — one principal and one assistant principal per school, for instance — and duplicate positions.

— Jim Harris, Issaquah

Salaries and benefits comprise 83 percent of expenses, so that’s the only area where you could make meaningful reductions. Focus instead on increasing the levy lid.

— Mel Morgan, Issaquah


City officials point to new businesses and new construction as signs of economic recovery. Do you believe Issaquah is emerging from the recession?

I don’t believe Issaquah has emerged, because banks still haven’t let go of money for much major new development and there are still empty stores.

— Michele Forkner, Issaquah

If this definition is used, there are new businesses opening in Issaquah so perhaps we are recovering.

— Jackie Thomas, Issaquah

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