Board eyes new closure policy for Issaquah schools

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.

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Clark, Creekside honored as schools of distinction

December 3, 2013

The Issaquah School District had two schools — Clark Elementary and Creekside Elementary — earn 2013 School of Distinction awards in October.

The awards were given to 55 elementary schools, 24 middle/junior high schools and 23 high schools throughout the state.

To attain the honor, schools must demonstrate outstanding student performance and improvements over a five-year period. Student achievement in both reading and math must be above the state median. Both math and reading improvements must be among the top 5 percent of the state’s schools.

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Issaquah School Board honored as WSSDA board of distinction for fifth year

November 24, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 24, 2013

The Issaquah School Board was one of 15 entities in the state named as a Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association on Nov. 18.

It’s the fifth consecutive year Issaquah has earned the Board of Distinction honor. Issaquah’s board is comprised of Brian Deagle, Marnie Maraldo, Alison Meryweather, Anne Moore and Suzanne Weaver.

The other school boards that earned distinctions were Anacortes, Auburn, Ferndale, Franklin Pierce, Kent, Lake Stevens, Monroe, Port Angeles, Pullman, South Kitsap, Sunnyside, Tumwater, University Place and Vancouver.

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Issaquah school board receives distinction honor

April 2, 2013

The Issaquah School Board has been named a Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

The association’s Boards of Distinction awards honor school boards that demonstrate effective use of the Washington School Board Standards. The standards promote researched-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district achievement. This year, nine districts with more than 9,000 students earned the honor.

Award applicants submit an essay and supporting evidence to demonstrate how they are putting the standards into practice. In 2012, applicants addressed the following:

  • Respecting and advocating mutual understanding of the roles and responsibilities of board members and the superintendent.

Issaquah school board earns distinction honors

March 12, 2013

The Issaquah School Board has been named a Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

The association’s Boards of Distinction awards honor school boards that demonstrate effective use of the Washington School Board Standards. The standards, developed and adopted by the association in 2009, promote researched-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district achievement. This year, nine districts with more than 9,000 students earned the honor.

Award applicants submit an essay and supporting evidence to demonstrate how they are putting the standards into practice. In 2012, applicants addressed the following:

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Issaquah Valley Elementary School is honored

February 26, 2013

For the second year in a row, Issaquah Valley Elementary School has received recognition for dramatic increases in reading and math for 2012. Only 96 other schools in Washington earned the award.

To earn School of Distinction status, schools must be performing at least at the state average in each grade level measured in their school (third through eighth grades, and 10th grade) on reading and math assessments as measured in the spring 2012 Measures of Student Progress and High School Proficiency exams. Schools meeting the requirement were then evaluated on combined reading and math improvement over the past five years. The top 5 percent of the elementary schools, middle/junior high schools, high schools and alternative schools are designated as Schools of Distinction.

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Governor appoints former Issaquah school member to state school board

April 10, 2012

Though she was defeated in voting for Western Position 3, former Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher will retain a seat on the Washington State Board of Education thanks to Gov. Chris Gregoire.

While appointments need legislative approval, Gregoire directly names seven members of the 16-member board.

Fletcher first began serving on the state board in 2009. Her seat expired in December and she lost a bid for re-election to Mukilteo’s Kevin Laverty.

In total, five members of the state board are elected by public school board members from Washington.

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Issaquah School Board receives distinction award

December 14, 2010

For the second consecutive year, the Issaquah School Board has received a Board of Distinction award from the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

The board, including Superintendent Steve Rasmussen and members Jan Woldseth Colbrese, Brian Deagle, Suzanne Weaver, Chad Magendanz, Marnie Maraldo, learned about the honor at the annual WSSDA conference Nov. 17-20 in Spokane, where school board members from the state’s 295 school districts met to share ideas.

To apply, boards had to answer several questions, including those about their work to improve student learning and the board’s accountability to the community. Read more

District officials breathe sigh of relief as Legislature approves budget

April 15, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 15, 2010

Issaquah School District officials announced that with the state’s supplemental budget they will be able to maintain programs and class sizes at existing levels and will not have to lay off teachers this year.

State legislators approved the state’s supplemental budget late Monday night and adjourned for the year.

The compromise took nearly the full 30-day special session to orchestrate, but will raise just less than $800 million in funding over the next year.

The funding will come from additional taxes on cigarettes, beer and soda. Lawmakers also extended a sales tax to bottled water, candy and gum. Other tax initiatives include ensuring that out-of-state companies pay Washington taxes.

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