Local runners raise money for colon cancer

November 13, 2012

Local runners made strides in the fight against colon cancer Nov. 4 when they banded together for the Get Your Rear in Gear event at Marymoor Park, winning an award for raising the most money.

Team Marcy’s Mojo was comprised of nearly 50 area family members, friends and neighbors who gathered to honor Marcy Rand, of Maple Hills. Rand died of colon cancer in July.

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Maywood Middle School construction costs rise by $51,000

November 13, 2012

During its regular meeting Oct. 24, the Issaquah School Board approved more than $51,000 of additional building costs for the Maywood Middle School modernization project.

The change includes $47,309 worth of additions and $4,068 in taxes, bringing the grand total of the construction contract to more than $14 million. Changes include $6,829 for gym work, $2,834 to revise the venting in the kiln room and $3,571 to reroute roof drain pipes to clear the new framing. The largest ticket item was $15,467 for conduits, sewer and footing revisions for expansion of the cafeteria.

The original estimated cost for Maywood was $12.19 million. After several previous board-approved change orders, the price tag rose to $13.08 million. The total, including tax, now stands at $14.25 million.

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Issaquah, Liberty host homecoming festivities

October 9, 2012

It’s homecoming time again and here’s what’s on the docket for Issaquah and Liberty high schools this week.

The theme for Liberty High School’s spirit week is “Lights, Camera, Liberty!” Students are dressing up all week at school and breaking out their spirit wear for Friday’s LHS Color War. Before the big game, catch the annual homecoming parade, which will begin at Maywood Middle School at 4 p.m. Oct. 12.

Liberty’s football team kicks off against Mercer Island at Liberty High School at 7 p.m. The week caps off Saturday night, Oct. 13, with the homecoming dance from 8:30-11:30 p.m.

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Schools’ construction costs rise $176,430

October 2, 2012

The Issaquah School board approved $176,430 worth of school construction changes Sept. 26 at Maywood Middle and Briarwood and Challenger elementary schools.

The largest change order was for an additional $119,241, including a little more than $10,000 in state taxes, for construction work at Briarwood. The contract was originally set at nearly $18.9 million and has already had five additions. The new total for the reconstruction project is now $21.4 million.

The most recent change includes an additional $37,838 to pay workers overtime to make up for construction delays due to bad weather. Another $1,472 is for weekend overtime; $37,766 is for electrical revisions in multiple locations; and another $17,271 is for data revisions per revised drawings. Other additions include $9,266 for lighting and $1,696 for changes to the staff lounge.

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Construction crews clear out as staff, students return to school

September 4, 2012

Construction continues on the performing arts center at Liberty High School. By Greg Farrar

It’s official. The new school year is here.

“It’s always exciting,” Superintendent Steve Rasmussen said. “The beginning of the school year is the culmination of a lot of work.”

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Issaquah History Museums unveils oral history treasure trove

August 28, 2012

For decades, old cassette tapes sat squirreled away in the Issaquah History Museums’ expansive collection.

The cassettes, long relegated to gathering dust, contained oral histories from early residents and intimate details about a bygone era — Issaquah in the early 20th century, as a coal- and timber-fueled boom started to wane and decades before explosive growth transformed the area into subdivisions and shopping centers.

The cassettes in the oral history collection ranged in date from 1958 to 1993, but little information accompanied the tapes, so museum staffers and volunteers could only speculate about the contents.

Until now.

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Welcome back from Superintendent Steve Rasmussen

August 21, 2012

Steve Rasmussen

New school year begins amid cycle of change and improvement

Every student enters a new school year ready for learning, surprises, challenges and successes — and, even after 24 years as a superintendent, it’s exactly the same for me! Our schools open Sept. 4, and — just like the state of education in general — we in the Issaquah School District are in a constant cycle of change and improvement. For instance, this school year we will adopt new curriculum including K-5 reading/literacy, middle school Humanities Plus, and high school world language, precalculus and calculus.

But the materials are just the foundation: Our educators will put in hours of professional development to prepare. Another significant change is our work piloting the new teacher/principal evaluation system for the state; we want to be on the forefront of continuing to support all of our professionals to do their very best work!

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Costs rise for construction at Maywood, Liberty

July 17, 2012

To the tune of $203,787, the Issaquah School Board approved several changes to the construction at Maywood Middle School and Liberty High School at the board’s brief July 11 meeting.

Twenty-five changes were made to Maywood’s modernization bill, adding $130,881 to the school’s previous $13.7 million contract.

The most expensive of those additions was $25,045 to add partition walls between two sets of rooms. Another $32,476 was earmarked for the demolition of various existing structures. Vinyl end closures for telescoping bleachers rang in at $4,940 and additional drywall work added $4,706 to the bill.

However, not everything on the change order list upped the cost. One item amounted to a $1,039 credit for waste piping revisions.

The $72,906 increase to the bill for phase one at Liberty covers 11 changes to the school’s addition and modernization plan. The two largest items on the list are $19,719 to redesign the underground plumbing and $19,054 to switch the fire alarm panel.

Other charges include $2,147 for drinking fountain plumbing and $3,088 to install electronic latches on the interior theater doors.

Liberty’s original contract was set at $14.2 million and has since increased by more than a half-million by various change orders, including the latest one.

View the complete change order lists at www.issaquah.wednet.edu. Under the “school board” tab, select “Agendas and minutes,” and then click on “7-11-2012.” The seventh and eighth items on the consent agenda include links to PDF files of the Maywood and Liberty change orders.

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Report: Little violence, drugs among Issaquah School District students

June 26, 2012

Issaquah’s students are pretty well-behaved, according to a report released this month by the school district.

The annual discipline report for the 2010-2011 school year was finished June 6 and presented to the Issaquah School Board at its June 20 meeting. Broken into two parts, behavior and weapons, the report shows that fewer than 2 percent of the district’s student body was suspended or expelled last year.

That rate is down a quarter of a percent from the 2009-2010 academic year. The annual report only looks at suspensions and expulsions. More minor infractions, including times that students are sent to the principal’s office or put in detention, are not included.

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Preliminary timeline is in place for school, fields construction

May 15, 2012

Issaquah School District officials are wasting no time when it comes to putting their recently approved $219 million bond into action.

The school board reviewed a preliminary schedule of projects and timeline for school construction and other district upgrades at its May 9 meeting. Some projects could begin as soon as July and other smaller projects extend through the end of 2019.

“Somebody has to be first and somebody has to be last,” said Jacob Kuper, chief operations officer for the district.

Phase 2 construction of Liberty High School and Phase 2 at Maywood Middle School are first in line with finishes projected by the end of 2013. At the caboose of the tentative timeline of the larger projects is the reconstruction of Sunny Hills Elementary School, which wouldn’t finish until December 2018.

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