Committee approves $518 million bond proposal for Issaquah schools

June 4, 2015

A committee of parents, principals and other educational leaders has approved a plan that would ask Issaquah School District voters for more than a half-billion dollars to build four new schools and modernize several others.

At a May 6 meeting, the district’s bond feasibility and development committee approved a package that would raise $518.5 million in voter-approved funds. The bond measure would likely appear on ballots in spring 2016.

The final item to be added to the proposal is a big one: $120 million for a fourth comprehensive high school. The school would likely be built for a core population of 1,500 – smaller than Skyline and Issaquah high schools, but bigger than Liberty, which finished an expansion and modernization project last year.

Another $148.5 million would go toward building a new middle school and two new elementary schools. That would give the district a total of six middle schools and 17 elementary schools. Read more

Notes from Newcastle

March 5, 2015

A ‘shout out’ to local volunteers

The city of Newcastle honored a group Feb. 26 that far too often goes unnoticed — volunteers.

Each year, volunteers devote countless hours to city events. It is volunteers that help plan summer activities, care and advocate for the city’s vast trail network and protect Newcastle’s history.

About 50 volunteers and summer event sponsor representatives gathered at The Golf Club at Newcastle Feb. 26, where they were treated to snacks, an orchestra and a personal thank you from Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri and City Manager Rob Wyman.

Volunteerism is a big part of what makes Newcastle one of the best small cities in the country. So, here’s a special shout out to some of the groups and people that willingly offer their time to better the city: Read more

Liberty SRO honored as best in the state

October 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Deputy Dave Montalvo, Liberty resource officer, is greeted warmly by a visiting graduate near the grandstand student section as he patrols a Sept. 12 football game.

By Greg Farrar
Deputy Dave Montalvo, Liberty resource officer, is greeted warmly by a visiting graduate near the grandstand student section as he patrols a Sept. 12 football game.

Deputy Dave Montalvo has had his fair share of assignments in a 27-year career with the King County Sheriff’s Office. Read more

Liberty singers get superior marks

July 2, 2014

Liberty High School’s Women’s Concert Chorale and the Liberty Singers mixed choir both received superior ratings and took first place in their divisions at the recent Music in the Parks competition in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Both groups were recognized for their kindness and inclusive attitudes toward other singers. After the thrill of the competition, students wound down with a fun afternoon at the Silverwood Theme Park.

The singers are under the direction of Robin Wood, who spent many years at Newcastle Elementary School before taking over the Maywood Middle School and Liberty choirs.

Maywood places second at Rubik’s Cube competition

July 2, 2014

Maywood Middle School took second place at the local “You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube” competition June 7 at Mill Creek Elementary School.

Seven Maywood students, plus one from a Marysville school to round out the team, combined to solve the cube faster than all but one team.

Contributed Maywood Middle School team members (from left) Ben Royce, Cameron Chadd, Andrew Chappelle, Shelby Reese, Matt Barta, Will Slaton, Spencer Slaton and Davan Hwang are whizzes with the Rubik’s Cube, taking second place at the 2014 ‘You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube’ competition June 7.

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Maywood Middle School team members (from left) Ben Royce, Cameron Chadd, Andrew Chappelle, Shelby Reese, Matt Barta, Will Slaton, Spencer Slaton and Davan Hwang are whizzes with the Rubik’s Cube, taking second place at the 2014 ‘You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube’ competition June 7.

“Solving the cube requires a great deal of mathematical patterning and problem solving,” Maywood teacher Ron Ciraulo said. “Solving them quickly requires combining all those skills with physical dexterity and focused attention.”

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Liberty, Maywood projects could be first in line to be completed with bond dollars

May 18, 2012

NEW — 1:20 p.m. May 18, 2012

The Issaquah School District is wasting no time when it comes to putting its recently-approved $219 million bond dollars into action.

The school board reviewed a preliminary schedule of projects and timeline for school construction and other district upgrades at its May 9 meeting. Some projects could begin as soon as July and others extend through the end of 2019.

“Somebody has to be first, and somebody has to be last,” said Jacob Kuper, chief operations officer for the district.

Phase 2 construction of Liberty High School and Phase 2 at Maywood Middle School are first in line with finishes projected by the end of 2013. At the caboose of the tentative timeline is the reconstruction of Sunny Hills Elementary School, which wouldn’t finish until December 2018.

Construction to improve Skyline High School’s stadium would begin April 2013 and run through September 2014. As a result, Skyline’s football team is likely to play away games for the entire 2013 season. Issaquah High School will have the same problem a few years later when its stadium remodel takes place from April 2016 to August 2017.

This summer, the district hopes to install artificial turf on the athletic fields at Beaver Lake and Maywood middle schools. It would then install turf fields at Pine Lake and Pacific Cascade middle schools the following summer.

“We didn’t want to take all the fields out over the course of the summer because it would be a huge impact on the community,” said Steve Crawford, director of capital projects for the district.

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Parents, students encouraged to apply for high school schedule committee

May 10, 2012

NEW — 3:20 p.m. May 10, 2012

As the next major step to align each of the three high schools schedules in the Issaquah School District, administrators encourage parents and students to become involved with the Liberty High School Schedule Committee that will be formed this month.

The parent and student application and a timeline of the project are available online now.

Applications are due to Kathy Schroeder in Liberty’s main office by May 18, and parents of Maywood Middle School and Liberty students are especially encouraged to apply.

The school will continue with the same eight-period schedule for the 2012-13 school year. Issaquah and Skyline high schools have a six-period daily schedule in place, while Liberty has eight.

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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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Jarvis nets hat-trick as Liberty lacrosse downs Klahowya

March 20, 2012

NEW — 10:35 a.m. March 20, 2012

Nate Jarvis completed a hat-trick to lead Liberty to its first boys high school lacrosse win of the season with an 11 – 5 defeat of Klahowya on Saturday at Maywood Middle School in Renton.

Sam Dodt, Colin Ross and Colin Larson all netted a pair of goals and Roland Deex had eight saves and six ground balls for Liberty in the win.

Liberty (1-2-0) next faces Redmond (0-1-0) at 7 p.m. March 21 at Liberty High School.

Klahowya (0-1-0) next faces Gig Harbor (2-1-0), Tuesday, March 20, in a 5 p.m. start at Central Kitsap Junior High.

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Competition celebrates the colors of diversity through artwork

March 2, 2012

Three Maywood students selected for state PTA Reflections contest

By Michele McKee Rachel McKee (left) and Amit Furman receive district-level recognition for their artwork submitted in the National PTA Reflections Program.

As Rachel McKee was searching for inspiration for an entry for her school’s PTA Reflections art contest, she realized she had to look no further than where she spends a lot of her free time — her select basketball team.

With this year’s theme surrounding what “Diversity Means” to each student, she knew she wanted to represent the sense of camaraderie and togetherness on the team.

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