Alison Meryweather fills school board vacancy

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.

By Greg Farrar Alison Meryweather sits in her Squak Mountain Loop Southwest home, at the kitchen island and nerve center of all her previous PTSA, Issaquah Schools Foundation and state legislative lobbying activities.

By Greg Farrar
Alison Meryweather sits in her Squak Mountain Loop Southwest home, at the kitchen island and nerve center of all her previous PTSA, Issaquah Schools Foundation and state legislative lobbying activities.

“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.”

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Issaquah school board receives distinction honor

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.

Issaquah school board leaves boundary decisions with 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.

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Issaquah school board candidates are whittled down to two choices

March 12, 2013

Alison Meryweather, Lisa Callan emerge as finalists

Lisa Callan

Lisa Callan

Alison Meryweather

Alison Meryweather

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.

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Issaquah school board earns distinction honors

March 12, 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, developed and adopted by the association in 2009, 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:

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Here’s your chance to question the Issaquah school board candidates

March 2, 2013

Have a question for the five people vying to fill the empty school board seat? Now is your chance to ask it.

The five candidates will be interviewed in a public meeting at 6 p.m. March 6, at the district’s administration building, 565 N.W. Holly St., Issaquah.

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Issaquah School Board hires new superintendent

February 13, 2013

New: Feb. 13, 10:32 p.m.

It’s been a little more than a month since the Issaquah School District found out it needed to go shopping for a new superintendent but it’s already found one: Ron Thiele.

The school board unanimously voted Feb. 13 to hire the district’s associate superintendent to succeed outgoing superintendent Steve Rasmussen when he retires June 30. Read more

District unveils Skyline High School stadium plans

February 5, 2013

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen has given the Issaquah School District the OK to move forward on a nearly $6.5 million facelift for the stadium at Skyline High School.

Rasmussen signed off on the project Jan. 24, the day after he and the school board received a presentation on the topic during the board’s regular business meeting.

The improvement project includes moving the home side to the west side of the field where new covered aluminum bleachers will have seats for 2,500 Spartans fans. New support facilities, including locker rooms, restrooms and concessions, will form a horseshoe around the south end of the field where a large scoreboard will be a feature element.

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Liberty High School construction costs rise by $138,000

February 5, 2013

The Issaquah School Board approved an increase of $138,328 to Liberty High School’s construction bill Jan. 9.

Most of the 13 items that accounted for the increase range between $1,000 and $6,000, including $4,668 to restore power to the parking lot lighting, $3,599 to reconnect cold water in the boiler room and $2,031 to demolish greenhouses that were not originally shown on the drawings. The change order also include two big ticket items — $77,207 for electrical conduit additions to provide power to the stadium expansion in Phase 3, and $21,596 to add an ADA bridge to the temporary locker rooms.

The increase, which includes $12,000 in taxes, brings Liberty’s construction bill total to $19,989,583.

Board adjusts Liberty High School graduation requirements

January 29, 2013

Students who start at Liberty High School next year will need to earn more credits to graduate.

The Issaquah School Board voted unanimously Jan. 23 to increase graduation requirements at the school from 28 credits to 29.5 credits, beginning with the class of 2017.

The plan is designed to better align Liberty with the other schools and take advantage of Liberty’s eight-period schedule, Issaquah School District Associate Superintendent Ron Thiele said.

Thiele, along with administrative staff members Emilie Hard and Michelle Trifunovic and Liberty Principal Josh Almy, studied the idea of making Liberty students earn more credits.

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