July 1, 2014
The Issaquah School Board voted unanimously June 26 to renew the contract of Superintendent Ron Thiele, who just completed his first year in the position.
State law requires school boards to review their superintendent’s contract on an annual basis prior to July 1. Issaquah board members cited several reasons for retaining Thiele, including his work to help the district pass three levy measures in February.
The board felt his leadership in that area and his leading the charge during that campaign was strong, board President Marnie Maraldo said.
May 27, 2014
The Issaquah School District and Issaquah Education Association announced a tentative agreement for a new three-year contract May 23.
The IEA, which represents the district’s certificated teaching staff, will hold a contract ratification vote May 28. Bargaining teams from both the teachers union and the school district are recommending approval of the agreement.
The current contract is a four-year deal that expires Aug. 31. The parties have been negotiating a new agreement for the past few months.
In November, Issaquah teachers publicly aired some grievances with the school board, including the need to reduce working hours and class sizes. Many of the complaints stemmed from the state’s adoption of Common Core Standards to assess student progress.
October 22, 2013
Policy and training divided the two Issaquah School District school board candidates at an Oct. 17 candidate forum.
Appointed board member Allison Meryweather is attempting to win her first election for the position against Lisa Callan, who also applied for the board appointment earlier this year.
“I discovered first hand the lack of funding our state provides our schools,” Meryweather said about her time on the board and volunteering in classrooms. “It’s not just about funding. It’s also about how we strategically invest those dollars.”
Callan said she believed her leadership roles in The Boeing Co. and a long history involved in the educational system qualifies her for the board position.