$219 million Issaquah bond could revamp Liberty, Apollo schools

April 5, 2012

For Liberty High School, passage of the April 17 Issaquah School District $219 million bond would mean completion of the reconstruction and modernization plan now under way thanks to a 2006 voter-approved bond.

At the same time, Apollo and other elementary schools in the district would receive sizable space additions, making room for 120 additional students at each building. Apollo and other schools would benefit from some much-needed maintenance, according to the principals of the schools.

Outside of schools being rebuilt or transplanted, Liberty, Apollo and Issaquah Valley Elementary are the three individual school facilities that would receive the most attention in terms of dollar value should the district win passage of its current bond proposal.

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King County mails ballots for April 17 election

March 28, 2012

NEW — 3:25 p.m. March 28, 2012

Ballots should start to appear in Issaquah and Renton school district voters’ mailboxes in the days ahead.

The Issaquah electorate faces a choice on a $219 million school construction bond in the April 17 election. (The school district stretches from Preston to Newcastle, and from Sammamish to Renton.)

Voters in the Renton district will cast ballots for the second time this year on a $97 million school construction bond that would finance a new middle school in Newcastle, among other projects.

Issaquah School District officials opted not to pay to include a voters’ pamphlet alongside ballots.

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Issaquah bond would finance new fields for middle schools

March 28, 2012

NEW — 3:15 p.m. March 28,2012

There are several themes that come up over and over as backers and school officials talk about the prospect of placing artificial turf on the fields of each of the five Issaquah School District middle schools, including Maywood Middle School.

The upcoming bond package would provide the middle schools with rubberized outdoor running tracks if voters decide to approve the $219 million capital improvement plan on April 17.

District officials hope to install the turf and tracks at a cost of $1.5 million per school, not counting fields that could go in at a transplanted Issaquah Middle School.

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School renovations at Apollo, Liberty a priority for $219 million bond

March 23, 2012

Susan Mundell, Apollo Elementary School principal, checks some deterioration on a two-unit portable classroom dating from 1995, the oldest of three on the school grounds. By Greg Farrar

For Liberty High School, passage of the April 17 Issaquah School District bond would mean completion of the reconstruction and modernization plan now under way thanks to a 2006 voter-approved bond.

At the same time, Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools would receive sizable space additions, making room for 120 additional students at each building. Both schools would benefit from some much-needed maintenance, according to the principals of each school.

Outside of schools being rebuilt or transplanted, Liberty, Apollo and Issaquah Valley are the three individual school facilities that would receive the most attention in terms of dollar value should the district win passage of its current bond proposal.

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Voter registration still available for upcoming ISD, RSD school bonds

March 20, 2012

NEW — 11:35 a.m. March 20, 2012

Issaquah School District and Renton School District voters face a choice about a $219 million school construction bond and $97 million building improvement bond, respectively, in special elections next month.

Qualified residents can register to vote in person at King County Elections in Renton or a registration annex at the King County Administration Building in Seattle. The deadline for first-time voters to register in person is April 9.

In order to register as a Washington voter, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a Washington resident, at least 18 by Election Day and not under the authority of the state Department of Corrections.

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$219 million bond calls for Liberty High School improvements

March 8, 2012

NEW — 4:30 p.m. March 8, 2012

Voting by mail in the weeks leading up to April 17, roughly 58,000 registered voters in the Issaquah School District will have the chance to decide whether the schools can sell $219 million in bonds to pay for major renovation and maintenance projects throughout the district.

The capital improvement plan presented by district officials includes a wide variety of projects, including replacing several schools, and installing new roofs and carpet at other facilities. The plan was created by a long process that started in early 2011 with meetings of a bond feasibility and development committee. That group made recommendations to Superintendent Steve Rasmussen and the package eventually had to earn the approval of the school board.

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Liberty class schedules won’t be changing soon, superintendent says

January 31, 2012

NEW — 3:55 p.m. Jan. 31, 2012

No major changes, at least not immediately.

That was essentially the recommendation of Issaquah School Superintendent Steve Rasmussen regarding possible adjustments to the schedules at the district’s four high schools.

But at the same time he made that recommendation to what proved to be a somewhat dissatisfied school board, Rasmussen did lay down several action steps he expects high school principals to take in the coming months.

District officials have been studying common schedules at the high schools in part in order to make better use of resources, including teachers. A schedule committee failed to come up with any final recommendation for a unified schedule, though they shared numerous findings on the overall issue.

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City Council meeting rescheduled for Jan. 24

January 23, 2012

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Jan. 24, 2011

After the Newcastle City Council’s Jan. 17 regular meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather, the meeting has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Newcastle City Hall.

The council will discuss the Issaquah School District’s request for a surface water management fee waiver, Comprehensive Plan amendment, and resolutions for updating council rules and the city’s Legislative agenda for 2012, among other business.

The council’s Jan. 20 annual retreat at The Golf Club of Newcastle and the city’s Jan. 18 Planning Commission meeting will also be rescheduled to a future time and date.

Issaquah, Renton school districts cancel class for Jan. 18

January 17, 2012

NEW — 8:20 p.m. Jan. 17, 2012

Issaquah and Renton school district officials canceled classes Wednesday, as a snowstorm threatens to pound the region overnight.

The district announced the closure just after 8 p.m. Tuesday. Officials also canceled classes Tuesday, due to icy road conditions in the early morning hours. (Students did not attend classes Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.)

School closures impact all district-related meetings and activities, including Headstart, school-age care and preschool.

The cancellation also means the finals schedule for Issaquah high school students is delayed further. Officials told students and parents to expected eNews updates about high school schedules soon.

Renton officials encourage administrative staff to check for morning reports of administrative office closures.

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Students prepare for ‘vocal boot camp’

January 6, 2012

Five Liberty vocalists set sights on all-state choir

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School selections to the WMEA All-State Choir, posing during a Liberty Singers practice with teacher Robin Wood, are (from left) Ashlynn Rowe, Pamela Edmonds, Jaylyn Andrus, Eric Spradling-Reim and Courtney Santos.

Liberty High School selections to the WMEA All-State Choir, posing during a Liberty Singers practice with teacher Robin Wood, are (from left) Ashlynn Rowe, Pamela Edmonds, Jaylyn Andrus, Eric Spradling-Reim and Courtney Santos. By Greg Farrar

For Liberty High School senior Pamela Edmonds, the upcoming Washington Music Educators Association all-state choir workshop in Yakima isn’t just singing beautiful songs with some of the best high school singers in the state.

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