October 6, 2015
UPDATED — 12:47 p.m. Oct. 7, 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 comes after the Issaquah School Board voted last year to shut down Tiger Mountain Community High School, which has served as the district’s alternative high school since 1971.
But district officials stressed that Gibson Ek is not an alternative school, nor is it replacing Tiger Mountain, which will close following the 2015-16 school year. Read more
May 13, 2015
NEW — 4:15 p.m. May 13, 2015
Issaquah students will not have class May 19, as district teachers join the statewide protest decrying the lack of legislative action to fully fund basic education.
Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele announced the one-day walkout in an email May 13, adding that a make-up day will be added to the end of the school year.
Before-school activities are canceled May 19, but after-school activities, including sports, will continue as usual. Schedules for state assessments underway will be adjusted at the school level, Thiele said.
The superintendent added that he could not “endorse” the walkout, and he regretted the “negative impact” to district students and families. Read more
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.
April 21, 2015
Jane Harris will take over as Apollo Elementary School principal next fall, the district announced in an email to parents at the beginning of April.
Harris moves to Apollo from Maywood Middle School, where she most recently served as assistant principal for the past eight years. She was also a longtime teacher at Liberty High School.
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.
February 10, 2015
January 13, 2015
Pine Lake Middle School receives bomb threat
There were no problems during the first week back in class for students at Pacific Cascade Middle School, said Principal Dana Bailey in an email to parents.
But the search goes on for whomever penned a letter threatening violence at the school, a letter that caused officials to close the building for three days in December just prior to winter vacation.
January 13, 2015
Growth and development, along with traffic, seemed to be the main topics of the day as the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Preview Luncheon on Jan. 8.
“One thing is clear to me,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler told the gathering of about 150 people at the Holiday Inn of Issaquah. “Our community is evolving… Your government is evolving also.”
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.
December 9, 2014