Issaquah School District hosts party for retiring superintendent

May 28, 2013

The Issaquah School District is hosting an open house for retiring Superintendent Steve Rasmussen on June 5.

Rasmussen is retiring after more than four decades in education, according to a press release from the district.

The open house is from 4-6 p.m. at the Administration Building, 565 N.W. Holly St. Remarks will begin at 5 p.m.

District to hold open house for departing superintendent

May 13, 2013

After more than four decades serving public education, Dr. Steve Rasmussen will receive recognition and well wishes from the Issaquah School District as he leaves for retirement.

In an open house on June 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the ISD Admin Building at 565 NW Holly Street, a reception will be held to commemorate his years of dedication. Remarks will be made at 5 p.m.

Issaquah School Board hires from within for new superintendent

February 19, 2013

Ron Thiele promoted to replace retiring Steve Rasmussen

Ron Thiele

Ron Thiele

It’s been a little more than a month since the Issaquah School District found out it needed to go shopping for a new superintendent, but it’s already found one: Ron Thiele.

The school board unanimously voted Feb. 13 to hire the district’s associate superintendent to succeed outgoing Superintendent Steve Rasmussen when he retires June 30.

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Issaquah School levy committee to discuss 2014 in April

February 19, 2013

The 2014 special election season may be far off most people’s radar screens, but not the Issaquah School District’s.

A plan for the 2014 Levy Development Committee was laid out Feb. 13 during the regular school board meeting. The purpose of the committee, according to its charter, is to advise the superintendent as he prepares a recommendation for the school board to approve levy issues for either the February or April 2014 ballot.

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District unveils Skyline High School stadium plans

February 5, 2013

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen has given the Issaquah School District the OK to move forward on a nearly $6.5 million facelift for the stadium at Skyline High School.

Rasmussen signed off on the project Jan. 24, the day after he and the school board received a presentation on the topic during the board’s regular business meeting.

The improvement project includes moving the home side to the west side of the field where new covered aluminum bleachers will have seats for 2,500 Spartans fans. New support facilities, including locker rooms, restrooms and concessions, will form a horseshoe around the south end of the field where a large scoreboard will be a feature element.

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Issaquah School District superintendent to retire in June

January 15, 2013

Steve Rasmussen, Issaquah School District superintendent, sits in his office Jan. 14. The 62-year-old educator plans to bid farewell to the district when he retires June 30. By Lillian O’Rorke

Steve Rasmussen, Issaquah School District superintendent, sits in his office Jan. 14. The 62-year-old educator plans to bid farewell to the district when he retires June 30. By Lillian O’Rorke

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen intends to retire June 30 after leading the Issaquah School District for six years.

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Issaquah School District superintendent to retire

January 9, 2013

NEW — 10:10 p.m. Jan. 9, 2013

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen intends to retire June 30 after leading the Issaquah School District for almost six years.

Steve Rasmussen

Steve Rasmussen

The superintendent announced the decision Wednesday night to the Issaquah School Board.

“I have been lucky in life and have been able to do what I chose to do and that is being a teacher,” Rasmussen said to the board after the board accepted his resignation by a unanimous vote of the board. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with you.”

Rasmussen’s retirement caps off a 40-year career in public education in Washington that has included teaching, coaching and leading three school districts.

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Issaquah School Board preserves Liberty High School’s block schedule

December 18, 2012

Steve Rasmussen

A celebratory cry gushed from the audience Dec. 12 as the Issaquah School Board voted 4-1 to preserve the eight-period block schedule at Liberty High School.

“The data to support a six-period day has always seemed to me to be weak,” board member Chad Magendanz said. “At this point, I think it is premature to make a change without a compelling case driving it.”

Since 1995, Liberty has used an eight-period block schedule where students take four 90-minute classes each day. Many in the school’s community like that eight periods give students more chances to explore electives. This, supporters of the block schedule say, cultivates creativity, innovation and a commitment to learning.

“I think we have something at Liberty, that is evidenced by the groundswell of feedback from the community, that says this is very valuable to us,” board President Brian Deagle said. “I don’t know how to measure it. We haven’t been measuring it, yet it’s been proposed that we get rid of it.”

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Connecticut school shooting raises questions for Issaquah school administrators, parents

December 18, 2012

The massacre at a Newtown, Conn., school raised difficult questions for Issaquah School District administrators and parents in the days after a gunman killed 26 people — including 20 children — on the Sandy Hook Elementary School campus.

Officials sought to reassure parents about campus safety and offer advice about how parents can talk to children about the tragedy.

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Brian Deagle to remain Issaquah School Board president

December 18, 2012

Brian Deagle

Brian Deagle will remain president of the Issaquah School Board after receiving an unanimous vote from fellow board members Dec. 12 to keep the position throughout 2013.

As per district policy, the board is required to elect a new president each year. Superintendent Steve Rasmussen opened the floor for nominations and Deagle was quickly nominated without contest.

This is a the second time this year the board has unanimously voted for Deagle for board president. The first came Aug. 22, when then-board President Chad Magendanz stepped down because of his bid for a seat in the Legislature.

Magendanz has since won the election and is transitioning to his new role as the state representative for the 5th Legislative District. His last school board meeting will be Jan. 9.

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