February 12, 2010
UPDATED — 5:04 p.m. Feb. 12, 2010
An 18-year-old Hazen High School senior was arrested this afternoon after allegedly calling in a bomb threat to the high school Renton Police and Renton School District officials say.
The student has not yet been charged, officials said.
Hazen High School received a call at about 10:45 this morning from an individual who claimed there was a bomb inside the school and that students and staff had one hour to evacuate the building.
School officials followed Renton School District Guidelines by calling police and evacuating the building. Renton Police searched the building, but did not find anything. After allowing the hour to elapse, students and staff re-entered the school at noon.
February 11, 2010
NEW — 10:40 a.m. Feb. 11, 2010
Celebration was in the air as Issaquah School District officials gathered to welcome election results Tuesday.
The celebration continued Wednesday: Results released at 4:30 p.m. showed district ballot measures leading with 64 percent for a maintenance and operations levy, 63 percent for a transportation levy and 64 percent for a technology and repairs levy.
If the measures pass as expected, taxpayers would pay $4.81 for every $1,000 of assessed property for the levies and the remainder of the 2006 bond.
Levy supporters gathered Tuesday night to await early results. As the numbers appeared on the King County Elections Web site just after 8 p.m., sighs of relief, high fives and victory cries erupted from partygoers.
Superintendent Steve Rasmussen thanked voters for their support.
February 9, 2010
UPDATED — 4:19 p.m. Feb. 9, 2010
McKnight Middle School teacher Dave Black is organizing a March 5 communitywide spaghetti dinner and silent auction in the McKnight commons to benefit the victims of the Haiti earthquake.
However, he needs volunteers, and he is hosting a meeting in the McKnight commons at 7 p.m. tonight for anybody interested in helping out.
Black said he needs volunteers to seek items for the silent auction and help the night of the event.
The dinner is not affiliated with the school. Tickets will be $15 each, although children younger than 6 are free. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.
Call Black at 425-221-7149 or e-mail him at email@example.com for more information about how to volunteer.
February 9, 2010
NEW — 10 a.m. Feb 9, 2010
King County Metro Transit routes 240 and 114 added the Newcastle Transit Center to their routes Feb. 6.
Route 240 runs between Renton and Clyde Hill in Bellevue, and it runs between about 5 a.m. and midnight on weekdays, stopping at the transit center about every 30 minutes. Buses run every 30 minutes from about 7 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays, and every hour from about 8 a.m. to midnight on Sundays.
Route 114 runs from the Renton Highlands to downtown Seattle on weekdays only. Buses on this route only travel to Seattle in the mornings and to the Renton Highlands in the evenings. Buses will stop at the transit center about every 30 minutes from about 5:50-8 a.m. en route to Seattle and from about 4:50-6:20 p.m. en route to the Renton Highlands.
February 8, 2010
NEW — 10:54 a.m. Feb. 8, 2010
Newcastle Elementary Principal Christy Otley recently announced that she will transfer to Grand Ridge Elementary School in the Issaquah Highlands at the end of the school year.
Otley, who has been at Newcastle Elementary since it opened, announced the news in a letter.
“For the past six years, this school community has been such a family to me,” Otley wrote in her resignation letter. “I am following an important life lesson that we try to teach all of our students: Challenge and change are often necessary for growth and fresh perspectives.”
Issaquah School District officials created a survey to help in selecting a new principal for Newcastle Elementary. Take the survey here. Complete the survey by 4 p.m. Feb. 23.