Issaquah School District superintendent to retire
January 9, 2013
By Lillian O'Rorke
NEW — 10:10 p.m. Jan. 9, 2013
Superintendent Steve Rasmussen intends to retire June 30 after leading the Issaquah School District for almost six years.
The superintendent announced the decision Wednesday night to the Issaquah School Board.
“I have been lucky in life and have been able to do what I chose to do and that is being a teacher,” Rasmussen said to the board after the board accepted his resignation by a unanimous vote of the board. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with you.”
Rasmussen’s retirement caps off a 40-year career in public education in Washington that has included teaching, coaching and leading three school districts.
He started out as an agricultural teacher at Enumclaw High School in 1973, where he taught for five years. Rasmussen made the transition to superintendent in 1989 when he took the helm at the Deer Park School District in Spokane County. From there, he served as superintendent of Franklin Pierce School District in Pierce County until he came to the Issaquah School District in 2007.
After Rasmussen submitted his resignation, board President Brian Deagle, with tears in his eyes, was speechless for moment.
“I will say” — Deagle paused — “the district has come a long way in the time you joined shortly after Suzanne (Weaver) and I joined the board. The legacy you are leaving in terms of skilled and passionate teaching and staff…It is quite a testament to the strength the of the district to the caliber of people that you have brought in.”
Rasmussen said after the meeting that he is not yet sure what he will do once his retirement begins.