Letters to the editor
November 6, 2009
Calling for Kids was a success
Thank you all who donated to Calling for Kids last month, making it our most successful ever with $235,000 pledged from 1,986 donors! These funds will be used to raise academic achievement, support struggling students and provide professional development opportunities for staff. They come during a critical time of declining resources for our district.
We are grateful to the entire community for their support — the high school students who made the calls, and in doing so, raised money for their clubs and teams; the teachers and other school district staff members including Superintendent Steve Rasmussen, who addressed envelopes and made phone calls; the Issaquah Schools Foundation Board and Advisory Council for their critical support; the event committee led by Deborah Parsons and Leigh Stokes; and most importantly, the community, who gave so generously.
Thank you, everyone, for your support.
Robin Callahan, executive director
Issaquah Schools Foundation
Where’s the south end candidate forum?
A new school year is upon us – but with an old problem.
In my e-mail inbox recently was a note from the Issaquah School District. It told of an election preview meeting for school board candidates sponsored by the Issaquah PTSA Council to be held at Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus. The Issaquah Press hosted a candidate’s night for Issaquah City Council and school board positions in Issaquah.
The PTSA president told me that because no one on the plateau knows the candidates, they decided to have the meeting up there. One of these candidates will represent this area on the school board. So far, none of the area schools have volunteered to have a candidate’s night. How many south-end residents know who the candidates are?
The PTSA and district are two separate entities. But once again, south-end residents are left out. I attended the boundary review meeting at Liberty High School a couple of years ago. Parents attending the meeting were concerned about Liberty students not having as many classes as Skyline and Issaquah high students have to choose from.
The same goes for the number of classes at Maywood Middle School versus plateau or valley middle schools. District staff blew the parents’ concerns away.
“We are going to meet to discuss this problem and will be seeking a solution,” the audience was told. The principals met last year. I was told that the district will use what it “learned” last year to help decide on a new math curriculum and how to smoothly integrate the Pacific Cascade freshmen back to Skyline and Issaquah high schools – among other things. So much for equality among the various district schools when it comes to classes offered at the various schools.
In the coming months, there will be districtwide discussions — with and without the PTSA Council and district staff — regarding the upcoming February levy vote. Maybe the south-end residents should reject the levy to let the PTSA, other parts of the district and district administration know that we exist out here.