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.
June 24, 2014
Tiger Mountain Community High School celebrated its class of 2014 on June 16.
May 6, 2014
Librarian hopes school will continue for years to come
My personal experience with Tiger Mountain Community High School was limited to about an hour and a half on Dec. 7, 1992.
I was at that time the young adult librarian at the Issaquah Library, and I visited the school to present a program to a group of young parents.
I didn’t know what would be of interest, but I took along cloth books, board books, books about making toys or clothes or baby food — everything I could think of.
In my entire career as a librarian, I’ve never addressed such an interested, even rapt, audience! Those students were so keen to see the materials I’d brought. They loved the hand puppets (which at that time were for circulation), and some decided then and there to convert the stuffed toys they were scheduled to make into hand puppets instead. Their teacher agreed to help them with the project.
I was able to give every parent a copy of “Goodnight Moon,” (and incidentally, I’d really had to work to persuade the library administration to let me have those books for that particular audience).
The teenagers were happy to show me their lovely babies after the program, and to tell me how they were caring for them — only 15 or 16 years old, but devoted caregivers.
I’ve often thought of those students and their children, children who would now be much older than their parents were in 1992. I do hope their lives turned out happily. I’m sure that attending Tiger Mountain Community High School helped a lot in that respect, and that the school will continue to assist all its students for years to come.
April 8, 2014
Tiger Mountain school rethink can work
The Issaquah School Board is planning some big changes for Tiger Mountain Community High School. Some of these changes are necessary, but the disruption of the community is not.
Tiger Mountain has about 100 students who would generally be considered “at risk.” The school tries to reach these students with nontraditional methods in an attempt to keep them engaged.
The attempt isn’t working as well as it should. The school’s graduation rate of 37 percent shows this. Whatever methods district officials are attempting are actually reaching only a fraction of the students.
April 1, 2014
The Issaquah School Board is considering a new policy pertaining to school closures, which could have an impact on the proposal to shut down Tiger Mountain Community High School.
At its March 26 meeting, the board conducted the first reading of a policy that aims to clarify the process for closing a school, including the steps the superintendent must take and the timeline for soliciting public input.
The board could adopt the new policy at its April 23 meeting.
March 18, 2014
Last month’s news that Tiger Mountain Community High School could be closed has sparked sadness, anger and shock among students and parents at the Issaquah School District’s alternative high school.
The Issaquah School Board began publicly discussing a possible closure Feb. 12, and droves of Tiger Mountain community members showed up for that meeting. Several people returned to speak to the board at its March 12 meeting.
Neil Schmidt, who graduated from Tiger Mountain last year, said he was “dumbfounded” and “appalled” the district would consider closing the school, which has provided a nontraditional learning environment for high-school students since 1991. The school currently has an enrollment of about 100.
February 18, 2014
Tiger Mountain students would go to the nearest high school
The Issaquah School District is considering a plan to close Tiger Mountain Community High School for one year while the school is moved to a different location, and then reopen the alternative school with a revamped educational model.
Issaquah Superintendent Ron Thiele spoke about the plan with school board members at a work study session prior to the board’s Feb. 12 meeting. The audience included about two dozen Tiger Mountain staff members, parents and students.
December 24, 2013
Less than 6 acres that encompasses Issaquah Middle School was annexed into the city by the City Council during its Dec. 16 meeting.
In a short presentation by city Long Range Planning Manager Trish Heinonen, she said school officials wanted the annexation because the school is about to undergo a massive restoration and officials want to do so under city regulations.
Upgrades of the school facilities are planned for 2014 through 2015. The proposed improvements include remodeling and expanding the existing school to become the new Clark Elementary School and Tiger Mountain Community High School.
The council held a public hearing the same night as the vote. No one stood in support of or against the annexation.
December 10, 2013
Tiger Mountain Community High School’s class of 2014, in an effort to raise funds for its leadership and culminating project programs, is hosting a rummage sale.
The sale is from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 and from noon to Dec. 15 at Tiger Mountain Community High School, 355 S.E. Evans St.
The funds will specifically be used for high interest reading materials and peripherals to encourage reading and increase performance in school and on state assessment tests.
November 22, 2013
NEW — 2 p.m. Nov. 22, 2013
Tiger Mountain Community High School is seeking donations from the community for its upcoming rummage sale and silent auction to benefit the school’s Culinary Arts Program and Associated Student Body.
Donations are being accepted from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Issaquah Newport Way Storage, 795 N.W. Juniper St.