Letters to the Editor

December 31, 2013

School levies

Education — no better return on your investment

As we enter a new year, Issaquah School District voters have a unique investment opportunity.

On Feb. 11, the entire community will have the opportunity to vote yes on a three-part Issaquah district school-funding ballot, comprised of the following items:

  • Four-year Maintenance and Operations Levy in the following amounts: $44.5 million in 2015, $48 million in 2016, $51.5 million in 2017, and $54 million in 2018.
  •  One-year Transportation Levy in the amount of $1.7 million in 2015.
  • Four-year Critical Repairs/Technology levy in the following amounts: $11.4 million in 2015, $12.05 million in 2016, nearly $13.6 million in 2017, and nearly $14.9 million in 2018.

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Give feedback about Issaquah schools by Dec. 12

December 10, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 10, 2013

The Issaquah School District PTSA is looking for parents and community members to take an online survey and give their views of what they value most in schools.

The PTSA has conducted similar surveys prior to its last two rounds of teacher contract negotiations. District teachers are about to engage in a new round of negotiations for contracts that expire in 2014.

Input collected from the survey, along with information from last spring’s districtwide homework survey, will be presented in January to district administrators, school board members and teachers’ union representatives.

Find the survey, which closes at midnight Dec. 12, here.

State Rep. Tana Senn is ready to serve

September 24, 2013

Mercer Island City Councilwoman Tana Senn is the state’s newest lawmaker, having been appointed to fill the 41st District state representative seat vacated by Marcie Maxwell.

The Metropolitan King County Council appointed her Sept. 9. Senn was the top choice of local Democratic Party officials to fill the vacancy created by Maxwell’s decision to join Gov. Jay Inslee’s education staff.

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Tana Senn

Since her appointment, Senn, 42, has hit the ground running, meeting with 41st District mayors, and attending local events in the district that stretches from the northern parts of Renton to the southern parts of Sammamish, encompassing Mercer Island and Newcastle, and parts of Issaquah and Bellevue.

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Registration for Bellevue College’s retiree programs is now open

September 23, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 23, 2013

Bellevue College is now enrolling retirees for its fall quarter TELOS program.

Course topics range from art to technology, and courses are offered during the day, in the evenings and on weekends.

The TELOS program, operating since 1976, is designed to fit the lifestyle and interests of retirees, with a focus on learning and growth, not performance.

Classes begin Sept. 30. Learn more here.


Welcome Back

August 20, 2013

New superintendent is ready to hit the ground running

Dear Issaquah School District community,

After more than 12 years here in Issaquah in leadership positions ranging from principal to associate superintendent, I am thrilled to write my first message to you as the new superintendent!

Ron Thiele

Ron Thiele

My heart and my passion is for public education, and I want to work together to ensure that every student has a successful and fun experience in their school. As such, one of my top priorities is getting out into the community to hear from you about how we are doing.

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