School officials plan new bond vote for 2016

March 25, 2015

Three years ago, Issaquah School District voters approved a $219 million bond measure to refurbish and expand several facilities.

Next year, they’ll likely be asked to do something similar.

Issaquah officials have formed a bond feasibility committee, which will work for the next two months to study options for a ballot proposal that could be presented to voters in the first half of 2016.

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Education and roads key topics as state lawmakers visit area

March 17, 2015

State legislators descended on their Eastside jurisdictions March 14, holding open houses in Bellevue and Issaquah.

At Bellevue’s Somerset Elementary School, one main topic was education, with dozens of teachers outside, and later inside, carrying signs mostly declaring, “It’s time to fully fund education.”

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Connie Fletcher named to another term on state board of education

February 10, 2015

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Connie Fletcher to another term on the Washington State Board of Education.

Fletcher joined the board in 2009 and currently serves on its executive committee.

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Seat will open on Issaquah School Board

February 3, 2015

Because Issaquah School Board Director Brian Deagle will not seek re-election at the end of his term in November, a new director will need to be elected.

Deagle, who will have served nine years, will continue through the end of his current term, through November.

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Skyline, Liberty stadiums move closer to reality

January 20, 2015

The long-awaited Skyline High School stadium improvement plan may be closer to reality, after the Issaquah School Board received an update at its Jan. 14 meeting.

Steve Crawford, the Issaquah School District’s director of capital projects, told board members the bidding process for potential contractors on the stadium construction projects at both Skyline and Liberty high schools would open this week.

The Skyline project, budgeted at nearly $6.5 million, was approved by voters in an April 2012 bond measure. Since, members of the school’s football boosters club have criticized the project, saying school district officials aren’t interested in an alternate design that would have a concrete grandstand and increased storage space, and be more cost-effective.

Construction, scheduled to last a few months, has been delayed multiple times, including twice in the past year. Read more

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2014 remembered for what went away

December 31, 2014

Annexations, retirements, plastic bags, development, a looming school closure, retail marijuana, bank robberies, the Concerts on the Green series, and business and occupation taxes made the list of the top 10 news stories of the year in Issaquah.

Here are those stories, in no particular order:

Klahanie-area annexation issue moves to Sammamish

Issaquah residents voted no, for the second time, on the city of Issaquah annexing the Klahanie area. The King County Growth Management Planning Council then unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s.

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School board pushes back Tiger Mountain closure to 2016

October 28, 2014

Tiger Mountain Community High School will close after the 2015-16 school year, a plan that deviates slightly from the one proposed by the Issaquah School District’s superintendent.

Superintendent Ron Thiele had recommended the closure of Tiger Mountain at the end of the current year, but the Issaquah School Board voted 5-0 at its Oct. 22 meeting to delay the closure by a year and remove a gap in alternative education for district students.

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School board holds study session about Tiger Mountain’s future

September 30, 2014

After months of discussion, questions and public criticism, the Issaquah School Board is still trying to decide the long-term fate of Tiger Mountain Community High School.

The board met with several district administrators Sept. 24 in a roundtable-format study session. Much of the two-hour meeting was spent addressing concerns about what happens to students if the district’s plan to close the alternative school next year is approved.

The board held two public hearings on the matter earlier in September, but a timeline for making a decision hasn’t been announced.

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Officials discuss controversial Common Core education

September 23, 2014

The Common Core State Standards, designed to create a consistent set of learning standards for K-12 students, are among the most contentious topics in public education these days.

Politicians, school administrators and public policy experts discussed various aspects of Common Core during a town hall-style meeting Sept. 15 at Pacific Cascade Middle School. About two dozen audience members participated and provided feedback to a seven-person speaking panel.

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Public hearings begin for possible school closure

September 16, 2014

The Issaquah School Board has yet to set a date for when it will consider closing Tiger Mountain Community High School, but it began a public comment period last week that brought dozens of impassioned people out in defense of the alternative school.

The first public hearing regarding the possible closure of Tiger Mountain was held Sept. 10 and generated comments from students, parents and teachers. The public comment period was scheduled to last 50 minutes, but went nearly an hour longer as more than a dozen people spoke about the issue, the vast majority supporting ideas to keep it open.

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