Tera Coyle is named new Creekside principal

July 1, 2014

Tera Coyle, who has served as principal at Discovery Elementary School since 2008, will become principal at Creekside Elementary School starting in the 2014-15 school year.

Robin Earl announced her resignation June 10.

Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele announced Coyle’s appointment in a June 18 email to Creekside families.

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Issaquah School District superintendent’s contract renewed

July 1, 2014

The Issaquah School Board voted unanimously June 26 to renew the contract of Superintendent Ron Thiele, who just completed his first year in the position.

State law requires school boards to review their superintendent’s contract on an annual basis prior to July 1. Issaquah board members cited several reasons for retaining Thiele, including his work to help the district pass three levy measures in February.

The board felt his leadership in that area and his leading the charge during that campaign was strong, board President Marnie Maraldo said.

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Issaquah schools will lengthen secondary students’ time in classrooms next year

June 29, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 29, 2014

Middle-school and high-school students in the Issaquah School District will spend more time in the classroom in the 2014-15 year, after the school board approved a change at its June 11 meeting.

State law mandates an increase in instructional time for the 2015-16 year, but Issaquah will implement the switch a year earlier.

To meet the requirement of 1,080 instructional hours, middle school and high school students will get out of class 45 minutes later on Wednesdays next year.

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Newcastle Elementary School principal is leaving

June 8, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 8, 2014

Newcastle Elementary School Principal Marla Newton announced May 30 that she is leaving at the end of the school year.

Newton has accepted a position in the Federal Way School District.

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Federal waiver loss could affect schools

May 20, 2014

Last month’s U.S. Department of Education decision to revoke Washington state’s No Child Left Behind waiver is starting to filter down to school districts and individual buildings.

At the Issaquah School Board’s May 14 meeting, officials discussed the loss of the waiver, which was officially announced April 24. Washington had been one of 43 states with the waiver, allowing it to deviate from NCLB, a nationwide accountability system for public schools that has been in place since 2001.

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Corinne DeRosa is stepping down as Issaquah Middle School principal

April 27, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 27, 2014

Corinne DeRosa, Issaquah Middle School’s principal since 2004, will leave at the end of the 2013-14 school year to take a central administrative position with the Issaquah School District.

DeRosa has been at Issaquah Middle School since 2001, when she was the assistant principal under then-Principal Ron Thiele, now the Issaquah superintendent.

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Board eyes new closure policy for Issaquah schools

April 1, 2014

The Issaquah School Board is considering a new policy pertaining to school closures, which could have an impact on the proposal to shut down Tiger Mountain Community High School.

At its March 26 meeting, the board conducted the first reading of a policy that aims to clarify the process for closing a school, including the steps the superintendent must take and the timeline for soliciting public input.

The board could adopt the new policy at its April 23 meeting.

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Safety, security details changing in Issaquah schools, administration

March 25, 2014

Shortly before Ron Thiele took the reins as the Issaquah School District’s superintendent last July, district officials began looking at ways to heighten security for its 18,000-plus students.

They chose to conduct a safety and security assessment of Issaquah’s 24 schools, as well as its administrative, service and transportation centers.

Michelle Trifunovic, the district’s executive director of middle schools, took charge of the initiative, and the district spent $30,000 to hire a professional school safety expert who could find chinks in the armor.

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District may close alternative high school for one year

February 18, 2014

Tiger Mountain students would go to the nearest high school

The Issaquah School District is considering a plan to close Tiger Mountain Community High School for one year while the school is moved to a different location, and then reopen the alternative school with a revamped educational model.

Issaquah Superintendent Ron Thiele spoke about the plan with school board members at a work study session prior to the board’s Feb. 12 meeting. The audience included about two dozen Tiger Mountain staff members, parents and students.

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Old year brought new problems

December 31, 2013

Top news stories of the year

Many new things happened in Issaquah this past year and not all of them were greeted warmly.

While most people saw new parks and a new mayor as positive changes for the city, contention rose around new technology, new development standards, new fish ladders, new plastic bag ordinances and a newly legalized drug.

Much of what happened in 2013 spells more growth for Issaquah in the years to come and even more changes ahead. The year 2014 can learn much from the lessons taught by this past year of transformation.

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