Letters to the Editor

December 31, 2013

School levies

Education — no better return on your investment

As we enter a new year, Issaquah School District voters have a unique investment opportunity.

On Feb. 11, the entire community will have the opportunity to vote yes on a three-part Issaquah district school-funding ballot, comprised of the following items:

  • Four-year Maintenance and Operations Levy in the following amounts: $44.5 million in 2015, $48 million in 2016, $51.5 million in 2017, and $54 million in 2018.
  •  One-year Transportation Levy in the amount of $1.7 million in 2015.
  • Four-year Critical Repairs/Technology levy in the following amounts: $11.4 million in 2015, $12.05 million in 2016, nearly $13.6 million in 2017, and nearly $14.9 million in 2018.

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Lasting legacy

December 10, 2013

Children’s Garden School founder retires after 36 years

It all started with three $20 travelers checks and a contract written on construction paper.

The year was 1977. That summer, Bonnie Steussy and her husband David Edfeldt traveled from South Carolina to Steussy’s home state of Washington. At the behest of her sister, Steussy went to an open house for a small property across the street from where she lived in Issaquah.

Steussy and Edfeldt were both teachers. Steussy said education was a lifelong passion.

Contributed Bonnie Steussy brings out her hand puppet Belle Amie, who visits a class of Children’s Garden preschoolers to ask how they are feeling.

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Bonnie Steussy brings out her hand puppet Belle Amie, who visits a class of Children’s Garden preschoolers to ask how they are feeling.

“I can remember sitting in my bedroom, dreaming about being a teacher” as a child, she said.

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