July 8, 2014
The Issaquah School District has selected Michele Nishioka as the principal at Discovery Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year.
Nishioka comes to Issaquah from Seattle Public Schools, where she most recently served as assistant principal at Beacon Hill International School. She previously taught in California and with the Bellevue School District, where she completed an administrative internship.
July 8, 2014
July 1, 2014
Superintendent presents formal plan to close school permanently
The Issaquah School District has started a 90-day process that could result in the permanent closure of Tiger Mountain Community High School.
Superintendent Ron Thiele presented his rationale for the closure at the Issaquah School Board’s June 26 meeting. Several Tiger Mountain students and parents were in attendance, and some provided their reasons for keeping the alternative school open.
The idea to close Tiger Mountain first began circulating in February, and the board adopted an official school closure policy in April.
District administrators have cited the school’s declining enrollment numbers, low test scores and low attendance figures as factors behind the closure plan.
They’ve been working to design a new alternative high school, which would open in a new location, and likely under a different name, at the start of the 2016-17 school year.
July 1, 2014
Tera Coyle, who has served as principal at Discovery Elementary School since 2008, will become principal at Creekside Elementary School starting in the 2014-15 school year.
Robin Earl announced her resignation June 10.
Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele announced Coyle’s appointment in a June 18 email to Creekside families.
July 1, 2014
The Issaquah School Board voted unanimously June 26 to renew the contract of Superintendent Ron Thiele, who just completed his first year in the position.
State law requires school boards to review their superintendent’s contract on an annual basis prior to July 1. Issaquah board members cited several reasons for retaining Thiele, including his work to help the district pass three levy measures in February.
The board felt his leadership in that area and his leading the charge during that campaign was strong, board President Marnie Maraldo said.
June 26, 2014
NEW – 11:40 a.m. June 26, 2014
Diane Holt, the principal at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, has accepted a new job with the Federal Way School District.
Holt, principal at Issaquah Valley for the past five years, will be the new director of leadership support for Federal Way schools.
She has been working for the past year to become a nationally certified principal mentor, and the position in Federal Way will allow her to put those skills into practice, Holt said in an email to Issaquah Valley families.
June 17, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. June 17, 2014
Fifth District Rep. Chad Magendanz will take part in a discussion on higher education June 18.
“Closing the Skills Gap: How Higher Education, Business and Policy Can Collaborate,” will draw a diverse set of experts to discuss actions that more effectively integrate the collaboration between businesses and higher education institutions.
June 14, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. June 14, 2014
Creekside Elementary School is searching for its next principal after Robin Earl announced her resignation June 10 in an email to families.
Earl has worked in the Issaquah School District for more than 20 years, serving as principal at Creekside and Challenger elementary schools, and as one of the original science magnet program teachers at Briarwood Elementary School.
June 10, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. June 10, 2014
Seth Adams will be the next principal at Issaquah Middle School.
Adams formerly served as an assistant principal at the school. He replaces outgoing Principal Corrine DeRosa, who is leaving to take a job as the Issaquah district’s director of school improvement.
June 8, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. June 8, 2014
Newcastle Elementary School Principal Marla Newton announced May 30 that she is leaving at the end of the school year.
Newton has accepted a position in the Federal Way School District.