Schools welcome new principals in changing of the guard

August 29, 2014

Students and staff members will notice some new faces roaming the halls when the 2014-2015 school year kicks off in September.

Both Newcastle and Hazelwood elementary schools will welcome new principals, while Hazen High School welcomes back a familiar face to lead its students.

Newcastle Elementary School Principal Rich Mellish will take over for outgoing Principal Marla Newton, who secured a position in the Federal Way School District.

Judy Busch will come out of retirement to temporarily assume the Hazelwood principal spot left open by Principal Cindy Farnsworth, who is now at the Meadow Crest Early Learning Center. Read more

Superintendent seeks feedback on elementary principal search

June 2, 2014

NEW — 3:30 p.m. June 2, 2014

Newcastle Elementary Principal Marla Newton announced May 30 that she has taken a position in the Federal Way School District.

“Marla truly has a heart for students and while she will be missed in Issaquah we wish her the very best in this next phase of her career,” said Issaquah School District superintendent Ron Thiele.

The search for Newton’s replacement will begin in earnest, but first, Thiele wants to know what traits the community would like to see in their new principal. Families can offer feedback in an online survey at until 4 p.m. June 9.

“Along with our selection committee, I will work to ensure your next principal will inspire and lead Newcastle to new levels of achievement and hope to have this person hired by late June,” Thiele said.