Issaquah School Board approves contract for educational assistants

June 29, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 29, 2010

The Issaquah School Board approved a three-year contract for school district educational assistants last week.

Educational assistants’ union representatives reached a tentative agreement with district officials May 27. The union’s membership met June 15 and approved the contract. Board members approved the labor pact June 23.

“This was a very brief bargaining in that both parties were interested in generating a settlement,” the district’s Director of Employee Relations Milton Ellis wrote in an e-mail. “The parties met on three occasions to reach a contract settlement.”

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State Board of Education picks Connie Fletcher

September 8, 2009

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher testifies earlier this year before the Washington State Board of Education in Olympia. By Issaquah School District

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher testifies earlier this year before the Washington State Board of Education in Olympia. By Issaquah School District

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher was selected as the newest member of the Washington State Board of Education on Aug 31.

“It is a real honor,” Fletcher said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

The state board directs education policy, like graduation requirements and curriculum, for the state. Read more

Shovels turn for new school

July 7, 2009

Ground is broken June 23 for the Issaquah School District’s new elementary school in Sammamish west of Pine Lake with Principal Robin Earl (left), Superintendent Dr. Steve Rasmussen and school board members, (from left) president Brian Deagle, Suzanne Weaver, Jan Woldseth, Chad Magendanz and Connie Fletcher, turning shovels of dirt for the ceremony.  By Adam Eschbach

Ground is broken June 23 for the Issaquah School District’s new elementary school in Sammamish west of Pine Lake with Principal Robin Earl (left), Superintendent Dr. Steve Rasmussen and school board members, (from left) president Brian Deagle, Suzanne Weaver, Jan Woldseth, Chad Magendanz and Connie Fletcher, turning shovels of dirt for the ceremony. By Adam Eschbach

Stadium renamed for former IHS coach

June 2, 2009

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Gary Moore

When students at Issaquah High School start the 2010 football season, they’ll play at Gary Moore Stadium.

The Issaquah School Board unanimously voted to approve a proposal to rename the stadium at their regular May 27 meeting.

“It is an honor,” said Board Member Jan Woldseth. “Anytime we have an opportunity to pay tribute to anyone that has given so much to the community, it is an honor.”

Moore was a coach and teacher at Issaquah Junior High School and Issaquah High School for 39 years. During his 28-year tenure at Issaquah High as its football coach, the team won 137 games, lost 76 and tied four. During that time, Moore led the team to three King County championships and was named Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association in 1984.

Moore died of a stroke Sept. 11. He was 68.

Mardi Nystrom, a longtime Issaquah resident and school district employee, made the proposal at the May 14 school board meeting to honor Moore.

“Since the words pride and tradition already represent the high school, the timing is perfect to carry that motto into the new school being built,” Nystrom told the board. “With pride in its history, let us honor Issaquah High School tradition by honoring Gary Moore, so that the new generations of students will know the example he set on and off the field.” Read more

158 teachers to get layoff notices

April 28, 2009

Issaquah School Board members voted unanimously to lay off 158 of its 1,097 teachers April 22, after district officials presented their reduction in force plan. Read more

District to give layoff notices to 158 teachers

April 23, 2009

UPDATED – 10:30 a.m. April 23, 2009

Issaquah School Board members voted unanimously to lay off 158 of its 1,097 teachers Wednesday night, after district officials presented their reduction in force plan.

Teachers can expect to receive layoff notices by May 1.

Their contract stipulates that layoffs are based on seniority. Teachers who fall from No.1 to No. 902 on the seniority list are guaranteed positions next year. Teachers who are at or below No. 903 will receive layoff notices.

The positions of up to 195 – 17.8 percent – of the district’s teachers are likely to be eliminated. Thirty-seven teachers have already resigned or weren’t provided continuing contracts for next year.

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Magendanz fills school board slot

November 4, 2008

Chad Magendanz

School board members selected Chad Magendanz to fill their vacant District 4 position Oct. 28.

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City, school leaders discuss traffic, ball fields

November 4, 2008

Mix together the Issaquah School Board, the City Council, Mayor Ava Frisinger, school district administrators and heaping platters of Chinese food, and the result is the annual meeting of the city and school district, held Oct. 30 this year at the Mandarin Garden Restaurant. Read more

Wanted: volunteer for school board

September 19, 2008

As expected, Issaquah School Board Member Mike Winkler officially resigned his position Sept. 11.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to be on the board and to work with all the key players that make up the Issaquah School District,” Winkler said. “It has all been about the kids and my really strong belief in public education. I made this decision because of a difficult family circumstance. It is the right decision.”

Before leaving, Winkler called a variety of school district officials and community leaders to the floor to thank them for their service and dedication to the district. He also gave each a box of chocolates as a parting gift.

Winkler announced his intent to resign from the board June 25. He then cited new work related responsibilities and the desire to spend more time with his family.

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