District names new Newcastle Elementary principal

March 4, 2010

NEW — 3:10 p.m. March 4, 2010

Apollo Elementary School Principal Marla Erath will be the next principal of Newcastle Elementary School.

Erath will start at Newcastle in July, and the news was announced in a letter sent to families March 3.

“This was a very difficult decision for me to make. I will miss everyone at Apollo tremendously,” Erath wrote. “However, 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.

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Editorial: School tax change needs explanation

March 4, 2010

A proposal in the state Senate that would shift property taxes from local districts to the state in order to fund education has the seed of good public policy, but must be explored further.

The bill (SB 6858) generally proposes that local school districts have their levy lid decreased, meaning less local school taxes. In exchange, the state would increase its property tax rate by a corresponding amount. Read more

KCLS details plans for Newcastle Library

March 4, 2010

The Newcastle Library, which will be at the corner of Newcastle Way and 129th Avenue Southeast, will be 11,000 square feet with several distinguishing features, including a grand entryway. Drawing contributed by KCLS

King County Library System officials released detailed plans for the Newcastle Library last month. The library will be 11,000 square feet with 44 parking stalls, and most of the stalls will be in an underground parking garage beneath the library.

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Levy voter turnout exceeds 40 percent

March 4, 2010

The election to determine the financial future of the Issaquah School District attracted more than 22,000 voters, final King County Elections results released last week show.

Turnout reached 40 percent — or 22,629 ballots cast — as voters approved three levies meant to supplement district coffers with more than $214 million by 2014. The levy package included $172.5 million for maintenance and operations, $1.7 million for transportation and $38.4 million for technology and critical repairs. Read more

Revenue 11 percent less than predicted

March 4, 2010

City officials recently released finance statistics from the fourth quarter of 2009. During the past year, the city collected a total of about $5.75 million, 11 percent less than the city had budgeted. Read more

Transit center functional, awaiting final installations

March 4, 2010

The Newcastle Transit Center is now fully operational, with King County Metro Transit routes 240, 114, 219 and 925 making stops.

Routes 240 and 114 began stopping at the Newcastle Transit Center Feb. 6, but routes 219 and 925 had previously made stops at the location prior to the construction of the transit center. Read more

Newcastle man sentenced for leading identity theft ring

March 4, 2010

Gabriel Jang, 37, of Newcastle, was sentenced in U.S. District Court Feb. 5 to eight and a half years in prison, five years of supervised release and $466,622 in restitution for leading an identity theft ring run from a Newcastle post office box.

The identity theft ring brought in more than $3 million during a seven-year period. Read more

Council passes developer stimulus

March 4, 2010

The City Council has unanimously passed a developer stimulus ordinance that will help certain development projects in the city withstand the economic recession, by deferring fee collection and allowing more time to obtain permits and city approvals. Read more

Hazen High School receives bomb threat

March 4, 2010

An 18-year-old Hazen High School senior who called in a bomb threat to Hazen High School Feb. 12 has been expelled, said Randy Matheson, Renton School District spokesman. He said the man has not been charged, and district officials are working with the student to find another school at which he can finish high school. Read more

School committee recommends new, controversial high school math books

March 4, 2010

The Issaquah School District’s Instructional Materials Committee voted Feb. 11 to recommend school board members purchase Discovering Mathematics textbooks.

It is the same recommendation given a year ago. Read more

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