February 18, 2014
Three Issaquah School District levy proposals appear to be well on their way to passing, according to early elections results.
King County Elections numbers from Feb. 14 showed Issaquah’s three measures were way above the 50-percent mark needed for approval.
The district’s four-year, $198 million maintenance and operations levy was passing with 69 percent approval. The measure, labeled as renewal of the current M&O levy, pays for teacher salaries and classroom-related costs not covered by the state.
February 11, 2014
Chuck Lee, a math teacher and basketball coach at Beaver Lake Middle School, died Feb. 6 after a 10-year battle with cancer.
Lee had worked in the Issaquah School District since 1990, including the past 13 years at Beaver Lake. Previously, he had taught at Sunset and Issaquah Valley elementary schools, and at Skyline High School.
Counselors have been available to meet with Beaver Lake students during lunch periods to help them work through any grief, Principal Stacy Cho said via email.
February 11, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 11, 2014
The Sound Cities Association named Issaquah City Councilman Tola Marts the Elected Official of the Week.
The decision was announced Feb. 10 in a press release from the organization, which represents 36 cities in King County. It credited Marts’ leadership, vision and commitment to making a difference in people’s lives, locally and around the world.
February 4, 2014
After an 18-month process that included many discussions with parents, teachers and students, the Issaquah School District has decided not to make any changes to existing policies and procedures about homework.
Superintendent Ron Thiele announced the decision at the Issaquah School Board’s Jan. 29 meeting. While no changes are coming, Thiele said the process sparked an important discussion throughout the district, and administrators reserve the right to make changes when they are deemed necessary.
Thiele also admitted the decision may not satisfy everyone.
February 4, 2014
The Issaquah School District is pushing awareness of a program that allows students to earn dual high school and college credits, saving time and money.
Tech Prep allows students to earn credits through Bellevue College, Cascadia Community College, the Lake Washington Institute of Technology and Shoreline Community College.
Students enroll in classes through the colleges, but take them through their high schools. They are required to register on the Tech Prep website, pay a $46 consortium fee and if they complete the course with a “B” grade or higher, they can register for credit online.
January 17, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 17, 2014
Issaquah School District administrators and members of its teachers’ union bargaining team met Jan. 9 to discuss the results of a community values survey.
The survey, conducted during the fall by the Issaquah PTSA Council, sought to gain information from district parents, students and teachers. The council conducted similar surveys prior to the last two rounds of contract negotiations between the district and the teachers’ union, the Issaquah Education Association.
The current IEA contract runs through Aug. 31. In 2010, negotiations began in March and a new four-year deal was ratified in June.
January 14, 2014
Like her fellow administrators around the Issaquah School District, Michelle Caponigro is concerned about providing resources for her special-education students.
For Caponigro, the principal at Pine Lake Middle School, that means having teachers in two learning resource centers — an LRC I class for students with specific learning disabilities who spend much of their day in a general classroom setting and an LRC II class for students with “significant challenges” who are more difficult to manage.
January 14, 2014
Be sure you’re ready to vote in the Feb. 11 special election.
The deadline for in-person registration for new Washington voters is Feb. 3.
More than half of King County voters will receive ballots, which will be mailed Jan. 22. Sixteen school districts, including Issaquah, the city of Issaquah and the Klahanie Annexation Area have measures on ballots.
January 7, 2014
Voters will have the chance to approve or deny three levy proposals the Issaquah School District is placing on the Feb. 11 ballot.
The district is seeking the renewal of its existing maintenance and operations levy, which provides a large chunk of employee salaries not covered by the state.
The district is also asking for a one-year, $1.7 million transportation levy, and a four-year, $52 million capital levy aimed at improving technology and making key repairs to facilities.
If all three levies are approved, the total tax rate for a district property owner would rise 8 cents to $4.83 per $1,000 from 2015-18. That equates to a $40 annual increase on a $500,000 home.
Bonds and levies: the differences
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.