January 20, 2015
The long-awaited Skyline High School stadium improvement plan may be closer to reality, after the Issaquah School Board received an update at its Jan. 14 meeting.
Steve Crawford, the Issaquah School District’s director of capital projects, told board members the bidding process for potential contractors on the stadium construction projects at both Skyline and Liberty high schools would open this week.
The Skyline project, budgeted at nearly $6.5 million, was approved by voters in an April 2012 bond measure. Since, members of the school’s football boosters club have criticized the project, saying school district officials aren’t interested in an alternate design that would have a concrete grandstand and increased storage space, and be more cost-effective.
Construction, scheduled to last a few months, has been delayed multiple times, including twice in the past year. Read more
October 14, 2014
District unveils remodeled Liberty High School
The new Liberty High School building is sleek, modern and almost industrial in its appearance.
Past Liberty students would hardly recognize it as the same school, but some internal touches, most importantly a can’t-miss banner inscribed with the words “Proud to be a Patriot,” bring familiarity and warmth to the newly remodeled campus.
The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and Issaquah School District partnered to unveil the new Liberty at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 10.
October 9, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 9, 2014
Community members can get a look at the remodeled Liberty High School at an Oct. 10 open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.
Highlights of the remodel include the replacement of the old 500 wing of classrooms, a new and enlarged commons, and a new auxiliary gym. There is also a culinary arts instructional kitchen and a new library. More science labs were added and existing ones were upgraded.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony starts at 12:30 p.m., followed by school tours led by Liberty Principal Josh Almy. The school is at 16655 S.E. 136th St., Renton.
September 23, 2014
Nearly $70,000 in change orders have been made to the construction projects at Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools.
A contract with Babbit Neuman Construction Co. has been increased by $68,661.32. The revised contract total of $12,165,180.02 is within the project budget.
The amount includes siding, combining two classrooms into a single large classroom and changing faucets in restrooms to automatic faucets.
Both schools held ribbon-cutting ceremonies earlier this month, commemorating the official end of modernization efforts that were approved by voters in 2012.
August 26, 2014
Staff members, parents and students at Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools have been waiting years for their buildings to be refurbished, and their wishes will be granted when school starts Sept. 3.
The two elementary schools were major pieces of a $219 million bond measure that Issaquah School District voters approved in April 2012. Issaquah Valley and Apollo received about $6.6 million each for similar modernization projects that focused on creating additional classroom spaces, improving building security and upgrading existing spaces for a continued influx of new students.
The district is expecting to add 350 students in the 2014-15 year, and projections released last year showed the school system could grow by more than 2,800 students over the next 30 years.
June 3, 2014
The Issaquah School Board approved the sale of voter-approved bonds from April 2012 during its May 28 meeting.
Voters approved a $219.1 million bond two years ago, and the board has previously approved two bond sales toward construction and upgrades at various district schools. The third bond sale installment is worth $55 million, and the board elected to approve the sale now because of what were deemed historically low interest rates.
June 3, 2014
The Issaquah School Board approved a pair of change order requests regarding Liberty High School’s modernization project at its May 28 meeting.
The first change added more than $116,000 to a contract with Babbit Neuman Construction Co. More than 20 changes were needed to comply with various project specifications and building codes, including some railings, ductwork, fire extinguishers and sprinklers.
The second change added nearly $9,000 to a contract with construction firm Kassel & Associates. Four minor upgrades were approved, including the addition of fire-retardant plywood on a wall assembly, and vent piping for a sink.
The additional money being spent is within the budgets of both projects.
May 27, 2014
The ongoing construction projects at Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools had details revised for a third time at the Issaquah School Board’s May 14 meeting.
A revised contract of $10,318,949 was approved at the meeting, an increase of $141,622 from the previous amount. Babbit Neuman Construction Co. is the contractor on the two schools.
The revisions include changing storage rooms into small instructional spaces, sound-system changes in multipurpose classrooms, and the addition of call buttons in classrooms and activity spaces at both schools.
The revised contract total is within the board’s original budget.
August 20, 2013
Major projects are designed to upgrade school district facilities
Voters in the Issaquah School District are starting to see the results of a $219 million bond measure they approved more than a year ago.
Work is well under way at most of the district’s 24 schools on a variety of projects, some to increase student capacity and some to improve aging infrastructure.