October 6, 2015
UPDATED — 12:47 p.m. Oct. 7, 2015
The Issaquah School District will add a new secondary school in 2016, and it already has a name.
Gibson Ek High School, described on its website as an innovative, interest-based learning opportunity, will open Sept. 1, 2016 on the site that currently houses Issaquah Middle School.
The new school comes after the Issaquah School Board voted last year to shut down Tiger Mountain Community High School, which has served as the district’s alternative high school since 1971.
But district officials stressed that Gibson Ek is not an alternative school, nor is it replacing Tiger Mountain, which will close following the 2015-16 school year. Read more
October 1, 2015
NEW — 2:43 p.m. Oct. 1, 2015
I am a sophomore at Liberty High School. I feel that the secondary school start times are way too early for students. Myself as well as many other students and teachers see affects of these early start times on a daily basis, especially lack of sleep.
Many students including myself take Advanced Placement courses and other advanced classes that include lots of outside homework time. Since students often have other activities like sports and clubs, they often stay up at night working on homework and then have to leave ridiculously early in the morning to get to school.
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.
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.