Nov 242021
 

A community Levy Development Committee will meet from December 2021 to January 2022 to form a recommendation for a levy package for a 2022 ballot measure. The committee will present its recommendation to Superintendent Ron Thiele, who will bring the final recommendation to the Issaquah School Board for approval at the Jan. 27, 2022 School Board Meeting. 

The Levy Development Committee will consider the proposed content, total cost and tax impact of three ballot measures: an Educational Programs and Operations Levy (formerly called the Maintenance and Operations Levy), a Capital (Technology and Critical Repairs) Levy, and a Transportation (Bus) Levy. Considering the current economic climate, committee members will form levy packages that include funding essential to:

  • Ensure the Issaquah School District has all the resources necessary to meet its mission and Ends student learning goals;
  • Safely and efficiently maintain facilities and property according to state and district use standards and schedules.

Meetings

Levy Development Committee meetings are open to the public and will be held on various Tuesdays and Thursdays through December 2021 and January 2022 at Issaquah Middle School. Agendas will be posted before each meeting; mini summaries will be made available the day after a meeting; and official notes will be posted as soon as possible following a meeting.

    
Dec. 2 , 2021AgendaMini SummaryOfficial Meeting Minutes 
Dec. 14, 2021AgendaMini SummaryOfficial Meeting Minutes 
Jan. 6, 2022AgendaMini SummaryOfficial Meeting Minutes 
Jan. 18, 2022AgendaMini SummaryOfficial Meeting Minutes 
Jan. 25, 2022 (if needed)AgendaMini SummaryOfficial Meeting Minutes 

Community Involvement

  • E-mail your comments to Levy2022@issaquah.wednet.edu. Your comments will be shared with each committee member at each meeting.
  • Review materials in the public binder at Levy Development Committee meetings.
  • Review the materials in the public binder at the Administration Building during business hours.

Committee Information

SOURCE: Issaquah School District website https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/

Sep 242021
 

The time has come to consider the renewal of the Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) levy. The expiration of this levy has come at an unfortunate time. A time during which people are dealing with health, work, personal, financial and education issues. And yet the questions about running a renewal levy must be addressed.

The ISD School Board and District are discussing a proposal for levies in 2022. Do you have an interest in this conversation? Questions? Comments? Then please pay attention to the District communications and the School Board meetings and the upcoming Sept. 30th School Board Town Hall.

The EP&O Renewal Levy Continues Support For: Career & Technical Education • Mental Health Counselors in our schools • Special Education • Early Childhood Learning • Safety and Security • Highly Capable Programs • Dual Language • After School Activities and Athletics • EAs and Teacher Substitutes

Here is some background for the discussion. ISD has had to ask the community to support district basic education and additional shortfalls with levies. The community, has repeatedly voted yes to support our own schools and students and pass the levies (and bonds that pay for new schools). Generally the district runs (3) levies at once: a 1-year Transportation Levy for buses as needed, a 1-year Technology Levy, and a 4-year EP&O Levy. The levies support service needs NOT provided for by state education funding and in order to maintain those services at the level the community expects then the levies need to be renewed.

However, in 2020 the state legislature and the McCleary Act were finally getting basic education money to school districts. So the school board and district made the decision to limit the 2020 levy renewal from a 4-year levy to a 2-year levy in order to help taxpayers and to see how the state basic education money would be able to pick up Issaquah School District needs thus being able to adjust future levy requests of the community. Then of course Covid hits in early 2020 and everyone worldwide including the District, School Board, teachers, students, staff and everyone involved with schools are in no win situations. Here is where we find ourselves, time to consider the renewal of a 2022 EP&O levy.

Mar 262021
 

At the March 25, 2021 School Board meeting, the two newest ISD schools were officially named.

Elementary school, E-16, is now known as Cedar Trails Elementary. The Cedar Trails Wolves colors are navy blue and sage green.

Our newest middle school, MS-6, is now Cougar Mountain Middle. The Cougar Mountain Falcons colors are blue and gold.

We can’t wait to see all those wonderful Wolves and Falcons fill those new schools with spirit.

This is all possible thanks to your support and voting YES on ISD Bonds. Thank you!

Jan 242020
 

Join us for our Community Information Night on Wednesday, January 28th, 7:00pm at the Liberty High School Library.

Superintendent Ron Thiele will present facts and information about the renewal levy which will be on the February 11th, 2020 Ballot. School Board Members and Volunteers for Issaquah Schools will be there to answer questions and share information.

Please join us!

Jan 222020
 

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FEBRUARY 11th, 2020 RENEWAL LEVY?

Levies are the only locally approved ballot measures that directly pay for classroom and education needs in our schools that the state does not fund. This February 11, 2020 voters will have a chance to continue supporting programs and services funded by the previous levy expiring in 2020.

The 2020 EP&O Renewal Levy Continues Support For:

Career & Technical Education • Mental Health Counselors in our schools • Special Education • Early Childhood Learning • Safety and Security • Highly Capable Programs • Dual Language • After School Activities and Athletics

This is NOT a new tax. The proposed 2-year levy replaces the expiring 2018 levy at a lower overall tax rate. With voter approval of this renewal levy, we can ensure these programs continue benefitting our students for another 2 years. Please click on the links below for more information and why you should VOTE YES for our schools on February 11th!

Click here to view informational videos on your levy dollars at work in our schools

Click here to download a fact sheet with details

Click here to view more details and tax rate chart

Jan 152020
 

The schools may be closed, but the SNOW won’t keep us away from bringing you information, facts, and answers about the upcoming February 11, 2020 ISD Levy.

Join us at the KCLS Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah (located behind Target) at 7:00pm.

Jan 042020
 

Join us for our Community Information Night on Wednesday, January 15, 7:00pm at the King County Library Resource Center.

Superintendent Ron Thiele will present facts and information about the renewal levy which will be on the February 11th, 2020 Ballot. School Board Members and Volunteers for Issaquah Schools will be there to answer questions and share information.

Please join us!

Nov 052019
 

ISD PROVIDENCE HEIGHTS PROPERTY UPDATE – CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS ZONING OF SITE INTENDED FOR FOURTH COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL

The Issaquah City Council is holding a Council Study Session on November 12, 2019 to discuss zoning for 40 acres of property previously owned by Churchome located near Providence Point. The District recently acquired the property, following an exhaustive search for school sites within the Urban Growth Boundary as required by the Countywide Planning Policies—as well as a lengthy eminent domain process. The land was acquired for the purpose of building a fourth comprehensive high school and an elementary school, both approved by voters in the 2016 school bond election. The zoning of this property will determine whether or not the District may move forward with the planning for those schools.

The City of Issaquah’s Planning Policy Commission recommended during their October 24 meeting that the City adopt zoning that would prohibit the District from building our desperately needed fourth high school on this site and render a significant portion of the site unusable for any purpose. We are aware of the concerns being raised about the construction of these two schools by the neighbors of the site and we are committed to continuing our work and collaboration with these communities to address their concerns while building our critically needed schools.

The Issaquah School Board and Administration have sent letters to City officials asking for their consideration in this important matter as schools are already experiencing severe overcrowding and there are no other available land alternatives to serve the students and community of the District. See a copy of the letters sent by ISD Board President Harlan Gallinger and Superintendent Ron Thiele to the Issaquah City Council.

The next step in this process is the November 12 Study Session in which the Council will take public input. Thereafter, we understand that the City will consider possible action, following a public hearing, during their regularly scheduled December 16 meeting. For updates on the process please check the City of Issaquah’s Website for additional information. Individuals can also email the Issaquah City Council at citycouncil@issaquahwa.gov if they would like to provide input into this critical decision.

SOURCE: https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/news-details/2019/11/05/isd-providence-heights-property-update-city-council-to-discuss-zoning-of-site-intended-for-fourth-comprehensive-high-school