School board candidates give opposing views for district’s future

October 22, 2013

Policy and training divided the two Issaquah School District school board candidates at an Oct. 17 candidate forum.

Appointed board member Allison Meryweather is attempting to win her first election for the position against Lisa Callan, who also applied for the board appointment earlier this year.

By Greg Farrar Alison Meryweather (left) listens as Lisa Callan answers a question during their Issaquah School District board candidate forum Oct. 17 with a full Issaquah City Council chamber and city cable television viewers in attendance.

By Greg Farrar
Alison Meryweather (left) listens as Lisa Callan answers a question during their Issaquah School District board candidate forum Oct. 17 with a full Issaquah City Council chamber and city cable television viewers in attendance.

“I discovered first hand the lack of funding our state provides our schools,” Meryweather said about her time on the board and volunteering in classrooms. “It’s not just about funding. It’s also about how we strategically invest those dollars.”

Callan said she believed her leadership roles in The Boeing Co. and a long history involved in the educational system qualifies her for the board position.

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Editorial

October 22, 2013

Lisa Callan for school board seat

Issaquah School District voters are fortunate to have two excellent choices for school board director seat 4. Both Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan applied for the vacancy last spring when Chad Magendanz resigned to serve in the state Legislature.

The school board members struggled with the appointment, first split evenly between the two women. Eventually, Meryweather got the appointment.

Meryweather does have more lobbying experience and her confidence and knowledge makes her a leader in that arena. But community comes first.

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Complaint alleges Lisa Callan violated public disclosure laws

October 15, 2013

Issaquah School Board candidate Lisa Callan didn’t follow Washington’s public disclosure laws regarding her campaign’s finances, a complaint filed with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission alleges.

Callan, who is facing incumbent Alison Meryweather in the Nov. 5 general election, has been filing reports of cash contributions since her campaign officially began in May. However, she hadn’t filed a single expense report until Oct. 10, a day after the PDC notified her through the mail of the complaint.

Janet Suppes, a budget analyst with the Bellevue School District and longtime public education advocate, filed the complaint with the PDC on Sept. 18.

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Alison Meryweather, Lisa Callan vie for Issaquah School Board seat

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.

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Survey: Students, parents have homework issues

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.

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Editorial

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.

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Board gives go-ahead for Issaquah school levies

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.

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Community donates $30,000 to local schools

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.

 

 

Marnie Maraldo will seek re-election

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.

Marnie Maraldo

Marnie Maraldo

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.

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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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