October 6, 2015
NEW — 2:54 p.m. Oct. 6, 2015
The Issaquah School District will add a new secondary school in 2016, and it already has a name.
Gibson Ek High School, described on its website as an innovative, interest-based learning opportunity, will open Sept. 1, 2016 on the site that currently houses Issaquah Middle School.
The new school will replace Tiger Mountain Community High School, which has served as the district’s alternative high school since 1991. The Issaquah School Board voted last year to shut down Tiger Mountain following the 2015-16 school year. Read more
August 26, 2015
NEW — Noon Aug. 26, 2015
As students head back to school Sept. 1, many will enter new buildings and utilize new facilities.
While this year’s school budget is in place, the future of the Issaquah School District’s finances is yet to be determined. While the state Legislature tackles a Supreme Court mandate to fully fund education, the Issaquah School Board will discuss future bond issues later this month as the 2012 bond expires.
Jake Kuper, chief financial operating officer, said the district has completed a lot of the work in the $219 million bond approved in 2012.
July 23, 2015
Barbara de Michele is no stranger to community accolades.
The tireless education and youth advocate was first honored with the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year Award in 1989.
July 9, 2015
The Issaquah School Board at its June 24 meeting approved the following three online courses:
July 9, 2015
The Issaquah School Board at its June 24 meeting accepted the following gifts to the school district of $5,000 or more:
$11,530 — From Pacific Cascade Middle School PTSA to fund the school’s 2015 spring grants
June 10, 2015
The Issaquah School Board approved the following gifts of $5,000 or more to the school district:
$5,000 from the Pine Lake Middle School PTSA to help fund Homework Club at Pine Lake Middle School.
May 20, 2015
NEW – 6 a.m. May 20, 2015
Local voters will help whittle down two crowded Issaquah City Council races in an August primary.
King County candidate filing week came to a close May 15 with a total of seven candidates vying for two spots on the Issaquah City Council.
Current Council President Paul Winterstein did file to retain his Position No. 6 spot, drawing three challengers along the way.
May 12, 2015
A committee of parents, principals and other educational leaders has approved a plan that would ask Issaquah School District voters for more than a half-billion dollars to build four new schools and modernize several others.
At a May 6 meeting, the district’s bond feasibility and development committee approved a package that would raise $518.5 million in voter-approved funds. The bond measure would likely appear on ballots in spring 2016.
May 12, 2015
Help make school start times later
Issaquah has joined the national Start School Later movement, where health care professionals, sleep scientists, educators, economists, legislators, parents and students are united in their concern that early school start times for teenagers are a major factor contributing to the widespread sleep deprivation facing teens, and that this constitutes a significant public health concern.
April 21, 2015
Julia Bamba, an assistant principal at Issaquah High School, will become principal at the Issaquah School District’s new alternative high school, set to open in fall 2016.
Bamba will begin working immediately to help plan the development of the new school, a district news release stated.