State Board of Education picks Connie Fletcher

September 8, 2009

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher testifies earlier this year before the Washington State Board of Education in Olympia. By Issaquah School District

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher testifies earlier this year before the Washington State Board of Education in Olympia. By Issaquah School District

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher was selected as the newest member of the Washington State Board of Education on Aug 31.

“It is a real honor,” Fletcher said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

The state board directs education policy, like graduation requirements and curriculum, for the state. Read more

Shovels turn for new school

July 7, 2009

Ground is broken June 23 for the Issaquah School District’s new elementary school in Sammamish west of Pine Lake with Principal Robin Earl (left), Superintendent Dr. Steve Rasmussen and school board members, (from left) president Brian Deagle, Suzanne Weaver, Jan Woldseth, Chad Magendanz and Connie Fletcher, turning shovels of dirt for the ceremony.  By Adam Eschbach

Ground is broken June 23 for the Issaquah School District’s new elementary school in Sammamish west of Pine Lake with Principal Robin Earl (left), Superintendent Dr. Steve Rasmussen and school board members, (from left) president Brian Deagle, Suzanne Weaver, Jan Woldseth, Chad Magendanz and Connie Fletcher, turning shovels of dirt for the ceremony. By Adam Eschbach

Candidates file for city, school posts

June 5, 2009

NEW — 7:45 p.m. June 5, 2009

Mayor Ava Frisinger will run unopposed for a fourth term and seven City Council candidates will battle for four seats, according to unofficial King County Elections filings released today.

The deadline for candidate filing was 4:30 p.m. today. During the five-day filing period, Frisinger, seven council candidates and three Issaquah School Board hopefuls declared their candidacies for the nonpartisan seats. The county elections office posted the list on its Web site this afternoon.

Council incumbents Eileen Barber, David Kappler and Maureen McCarry entered the race. Newcomers Mark Mullet, Joan Probala, Tola Marts and Nathan Perea will seek council seats as well.

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Issaquah School District to graduate 1,129 students

June 2, 2009

Congratulations to the 1,129 graduates of the class of 2009. Each of the district’s four high schools — Issaquah, Liberty, Skyline and Tiger Mountain Community— as well as the district’s community-based transition program for special-needs students, will have commencement celebrations next week. Read more

School board, Newcastle City Council share info, goals at joint meeting

May 19, 2009

Issaquah School Board and Newcastle City Council members met to discuss issues of mutual interest May 14 in Newcastle. Read more

Connie Fletcher won’t seek another school board term

May 5, 2009

Connie Fletcher

Connie Fletcher

After serving16 years as a member of the Issaquah School Board, Connie Fletcher said she will not run for another term.

Her seat is open in the Nov. 3 election. Her term ends after certification of the election.

Board member Chad Magendanz, appointed in October, said he would seek election to his position. Read more

Press Editorial

March 2, 2009

Get involved locally this election season

The first candidates for city positions are starting to identify themselves publicly, well in advance of the November election. Issaquah always seems to have spirited political debate and a lot of people who care about what happens in our city government. However, there are also always those people who stay in their living rooms and complain about how things are being run or what decisions are made.

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Schools prepare for cuts

December 29, 2008

State impacts could be $2.3 million

More than $3.5 billion has been cut from the governor’s state budget for the 2009-11 biennium and schools are planning for cuts, even before the legislative session begins.

What school officials, teachers, families and education organizations have their eyes on are $610 million in cuts to public education; $682 million in elimination of pay increases to state employees, including teachers; and $216 million in cuts to higher education. Read more

City, school district anticipate better planning for new school

November 25, 2008

Staff members from the city of Sammamish and the Issaquah School District say the district’s new elementary school should open on time in fall 2010. Read more

Wanted: volunteer for school board

September 19, 2008

As expected, Issaquah School Board Member Mike Winkler officially resigned his position Sept. 11.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to be on the board and to work with all the key players that make up the Issaquah School District,” Winkler said. “It has all been about the kids and my really strong belief in public education. I made this decision because of a difficult family circumstance. It is the right decision.”

Before leaving, Winkler called a variety of school district officials and community leaders to the floor to thank them for their service and dedication to the district. He also gave each a box of chocolates as a parting gift.

Winkler announced his intent to resign from the board June 25. He then cited new work related responsibilities and the desire to spend more time with his family.

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