October 1, 2013
Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan are familiar with each other, having been finalists for the Issaquah School Board’s vacant position earlier this year.
Meryweather was appointed to the Position 4 post — left open by Chad Magendanz’s move to the state House of Representatives — in March. But Meryweather will have to impress voters to keep the job, and Callan will challenge her again on the Nov. 5 ballot.
The Position 4 seat covers the southeast region of the district. Although candidates run for a specific geographic seat, voters districtwide cast ballots for all Issaquah School Board members. Members are elected to four-year terms.
August 27, 2013
There were some conclusive patterns that came out of monthslong research into the homework practices of Issaquah School District students.
Results of the district’s homework survey were presented to the Issaquah School Board on Aug. 14. The eight-question survey was offered online in June to students, parents and teachers; it came on the heels of site-based homework meetings throughout the spring at 15 of the district’s 24 schools.
August 20, 2013
Early school levy decision welcome
We appreciate early decision making by the Issaquah School Board in regard to its 2014 school levy and bond package.
The board approved its request that will go to voters in February on June 26, although exact numbers could vary slightly before being confirmed this fall, after state funding is considered.
With the citizen task force research done and needs identified, there was no reason to delay the school board vote. It’s always a good thing to get the facts out there early, as voters will need the seven months lead time to get their head around the numbers.
July 2, 2013
The Issaquah School Board approved a recommendation June 26 to bring three levy proposals before district voters.
The approval concluded months of planning and discussion within the district. A 45-member levy development committee did much of the work, paving the way for three separate ballot measures in February 2014.
The largest proposal in terms of money is a four-year, $193 million maintenance and operations levy. District officials and board members emphasized the M&O levy pays for current programs and staffing levels, with enrollment growth projections and inflation factored in from 2015 to 2018.
May 28, 2013
The Issaquah School Board approved nearly $30,000 worth of donations to the district during its May 8 regular meeting.
The bulk of the money, $19,135, came from the Issaquah Schools Foundation to support students in the district with robotics in the classroom. The foundation also donated another $5,245 to provide supplement funding for portable technology throughout the schools.
Students at Newcastle Elementary School got an extra boost from their PTSA, which donated $5,556 to offset the costs of fifth-grade environment camp.
May 14, 2013
Issaquah School Board member Marnie Maraldo has announced that she will file for re-election this spring.
Maraldo, of Newcastle, occupies the District 2 seat, representing Newcastle and the southwest portion of the school district. She was elected to the board at the end of 2009, taking over for longtime member Connie Fletcher.
The Newcastle mother of two looks forward to continuing the work of managing the district through a challenging fiscal period, if re-elected, she said in a statement.
April 2, 2013
The search for the fifth member of the Issaquah School Board is over.
After two rounds of interviews, the board voted 3-1 March 20 to appoint Alison Meryweather to the District 4 seat left vacant Jan. 9, when Chad Magendanz resigned to serve in the state Legislature. Meryweather was sworn in at the beginning of the board’s March 27 meeting.
“Alison brings passion for public education and experience in advocating for kids,” board president Brian Deagle said in a statement released by the Issaquah School District. “She has volunteered countless hours for our district, and we are excited for her to extend her service to the board of directors.”
April 2, 2013
The Issaquah School Board has been named a Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association.
The association’s Boards of Distinction awards honor school boards that demonstrate effective use of the Washington School Board Standards. The standards promote researched-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district achievement. This year, nine districts with more than 9,000 students earned the honor.
Award applicants submit an essay and supporting evidence to demonstrate how they are putting the standards into practice. In 2012, applicants addressed the following:
- Respecting and advocating mutual understanding of the roles and responsibilities of board members and the superintendent.
March 26, 2013
Three months after Kevin Ham was told a boundary change would send his children to a new school next year, he went in front of the Issaquah School Board and asked them to change the way such decisions are made.
According to district policy, it is up to the superintendent to make boundary adjustments. In the case of small adjustments, the district does not open the process to public input.
After hearing Ham’s request, the board discussed the matter at its March 13 meeting and ultimately decided to leave the policy as is.
March 12, 2013
Alison Meryweather, Lisa Callan emerge as finalists
Lisa Callan or Alison Meryweather will become the next member of the Issaquah School Board.
After three hours of questioning, an hour-and-a-half executive session and another 30 minutes of public discussion March 6, the Issaquah School Board narrowed its choices to the two women.