July 1, 2014
Firefighters bring career perspectives to students
If Chris Tarkir hadn’t been tenacious, he likely never would have landed what he calls his “dream job” with Eastside Fire & Rescue.
“It’s about believing in yourself, and probably the biggest characteristic a person has to have is that you can’t take no for an answer,” Tarkir told a group of students during a June 5 visit to Beaver Lake Middle School’s !MPACT after-school program.
Four of the Issaquah School District’s five middle schools offer !MPACT as a safe haven for students with working parents. The program generally runs until 6 p.m. on weekdays, and costs between $95 and $230 a month, depending on how often a child attends.
July 1, 2014
Superintendent presents formal plan to close school permanently
The Issaquah School District has started a 90-day process that could result in the permanent closure of Tiger Mountain Community High School.
Superintendent Ron Thiele presented his rationale for the closure at the Issaquah School Board’s June 26 meeting. Several Tiger Mountain students and parents were in attendance, and some provided their reasons for keeping the alternative school open.
The idea to close Tiger Mountain first began circulating in February, and the board adopted an official school closure policy in April.
District administrators have cited the school’s declining enrollment numbers, low test scores and low attendance figures as factors behind the closure plan.
They’ve been working to design a new alternative high school, which would open in a new location, and likely under a different name, at the start of the 2016-17 school year.
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.
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.
June 18, 2014
June 17, 2014
Chuck Lee has left a lasting legacy for his colleagues and students at Beaver Lake Middle School, with or without any kind of tribute on their part.
Lee, 58, died Feb. 6 after a decadelong battle with cancer. He’d made an impression on countless individuals during his teaching and coaching career in the Issaquah School District, which spanned 24 years.
The Beaver Lake community mourned Lee’s passing, holding a remembrance ceremony earlier this spring where students and teachers spoke of their favorite memories with Lee. He spent 13 years at the school, teaching math and coaching basketball.
June 17, 2014
The Issaquah School District honored Kelly Munn with its Community Leadership Award at the Washington School Administrator Association’s regional awards ceremony held at the Puget Sound ESD on May 23.
Munn has been an active volunteer in the Issaquah School District and an advocate for public education for many years. Her leadership has been instrumental in helping the district maintain high quality programs and meet the demands of continued growth as co-chair of the Volunteers for Issaquah Schools Community Bond and Levy Committee, according to a news release.
June 14, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. June 14, 2014
Creekside Elementary School is searching for its next principal after Robin Earl announced her resignation June 10 in an email to families.
Earl has worked in the Issaquah School District for more than 20 years, serving as principal at Creekside and Challenger elementary schools, and as one of the original science magnet program teachers at Briarwood Elementary School.
June 11, 2014
June 10, 2014
City and school district leaders should be applauded. While the story is the sort that many readers just gloss over, local taxpayers are set to save a bundle of money as a result of recent developments.
The city of Issaquah and the Issaquah School District both recently had their bond ratings upgraded. The city’s rating was bumped up to AAA — the highest possible — by Standard & Poor’s, while the district’s was raised to AA+ by the same agency.
Ratings are determined only after the rating agency goes over the fiscal policies of an agency with a fine-tooth comb. They look at financial management, assets, existing debt and budgeting assumptions.