Sep 182019

ISD Replacement Levy Resolution Approved by School Board of Directors

The Issaquah School Board of Directors passed a resolution for a replacement Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) levy to be placed on the February 11, 2020 ballot. Voters will have an opportunity to maintain current funding for programs such as career and technical education, mental health counselors, dual language, and safety. This levy would replace the levy approved by voters in 2018 that expires at the end of 2020.

The District is asking voters for about $6.7 Million less than they are legally authorized to collect. The amount being asked for is $49.85 Million in 2021 and $54 Million in 2022. Superintendent Thiele said at the board meeting that he is confident that this amount of funding would allow the District to maintain its current programs while remaining fiscally responsible and sensitive to the overall tax rate. Because the District is retiring previous bond debt, the overall combined local school tax rate will go down to around $3.25-$3.30 per $1,000 of assessed property value — the lowest rate it has been in over 20 years. Please watch the ISD website for more details coming soon.

Source: Issaquah School District news post

Jun 182019

The 2020 ISD Levy Committee is currently reviewing the District’s planning springboard. They are looking at what the current 2018 two-year EP&O levy is paying for (fig. 1) and what the current tax rate is for those services, $1.26/$1,000 for a combined total local tax rate of $3.46/$1,000 (fig. 2).

The District’s proposed 2020 two-year EP&O levy is to maintain the current services and the proposed tax rate looks to be $1.44 (2021) and $1.42 (2022) for a combined total 3.36/$1,000 ( a ten-cent decrease) for 2021 & 2022.

This is for the local school support tax portion of your tax bill only. The State School Part One tax and State School Part Two – McCleary tax are State taxes.

QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? Please reach out to your committee rep (found on roster) or by emailing below.


Figure 1 Current Services provided by 2018 EP&O Levy  (formerly M&O)

Current ISD services provided by 2018-2020 voter approved levy.


Figure 2 Proposed Tax Rate for 2020 EP&O Levy  (formerly M&O)


All information and documents are from Issaquah School District Levy Committee 2020 Materials


Jun 172019

Levy Development Committee 2020

A community Levy Development Committee will meet throughout June 2019 to form a recommendation for a single levy package for a 2020 ballot measure. The Committee will present its recommendation to Superintendent Ron Thiele, who will bring a final recommendation to the Issaquah School Board for approval. The School Board will solicit feedback before authorization of the measure.

The Levy Development Committee will consider the proposed content, total cost, and tax impact of a single two-year ballot measure: Educational Programs and Operations Levy (Formerly Maintenance and Operations 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 possible 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.

Committee Information


Levy Development Committee meetings are open to the public and will be held on the following Wednesdays in June from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Administration Building. Agendas will be posted before each meeting; mini summaries will be available the day after a meeting; and official notes will be posted as soon as possible following a meeting. Links to each item will be activated as documents become available.

June 5  Agenda Mini Summary Official Meeting Minutes Materials – Levy and District Financial Overview

Materials – 5 Year Enroll Projection

June 19         Agenda  Mini Summary Official Meeting Minutes Materials

Levy packages

The Committee’s recommendations for a single two-year levy will be posted here after Committee approval.

Community Involvement

  • E-mail your comments to 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.


All Text & Information Copied from Source: Issaquah School District 

May 082019

ISD is seeking members of the community willing to be on the Levy Development Committee

If you are interested in representing your school community, contact your local school Principal directly.

If you are interested in representing the Senior Community, Business Community, or the Community at Large positions on the committee, please contact Lisa White in the Business Office at or at 425-837-7024 for an application. Applications are due by May 17.

Committee members will consider the overall need, proposed content, total cost, and tax impacts of the ballot measure and present a final recommendation to the Superintendent. The commitment is to attend the committee meetings on June 5 and 19 that will be held from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the ISD Administration Building at 565 NW Holly Street, Issaquah.

Click here to see how the expiring 2018 Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) levy supports ISD schools and students.


Oct 042018

The passage of the 2018 EP&O Levy provides ISD the opportunity to consider changes to the number of high school periods and credits available to students. Currently the state requires 24 credits to graduate. 

Issaquah HS and Skyline HS currently both have 6 period days, over 4 years, completing the required 24 credits. This leaves no room for credit error in that graduating schedule and depending on courses, little room for elective options. Liberty currently has an 8 period day, over 4 years, completing 32 credits.

Two community input meetings have been scheduled for Monday, October 15 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 25 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the ISD Administration Center Board Room located at 565 NW Holly Street, Issaquah.

Information on the High School Scheduling Committee, including the committee charter and upcoming meeting minutes and agendas, is available on the ISD website.

If you are unable to attend, please email your thoughts to


Notice from ISD regarding the High School Scheduling Committee:

Community Input Needed on High School Schedule Options

Last June, with the passage of the Educational Programs and Operations Levy, Superintendent Thiele commissioned a High School Scheduling Committee to study possible changes to high school schedules. This committee, comprised of teachers, parents, and building administrators from each comprehensive high school was assembled along with a District technical team to advise and assist the committee with their work. The committee first met in June to review the charter and begin.

Sending out surveys to solicit input from students, staff, and community members was the committee’s first priority and that task has been completed. In addition to surveys, the committee agreed it would hold two community input meetings to hear directly from community members and listen to their thoughts on what an optimal high school schedule would look like.

To that end, two community input meetings have been scheduled for Monday, October 15 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 25 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the ISD Administration Center Board Room located at 565 NW Holly Street, Issaquah.

The meetings are for interested community members to provide input about their values and priorities for a high school schedule in an informal and conversational setting.  The committee will then consider those values and priorities as it works to craft a proposal for the Superintendent. The agenda will include an update from the technical team who will review its charter and direction from Superintendent Thiele and inform the group on the work the committee has done thus far. After that short presentation, meeting participants will have an opportunity to discuss and provide input in small conversation groups facilitated by district staff.

Information on the High School Scheduling Committee, including the committee charter and upcoming meeting minutes and agendas, is available on our website.

We value your input as the committee works towards a recommendation to the Superintendent and look forward to meeting you. If you are unable to attend, please email your thoughts to



Sep 252018

King County Voter Registration

Washington offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Washington by printing a copy of the National Voter Registration Form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Who can register

To register to vote in Washington, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • A legal resident of Washington state
  • At least 18 years old by election day
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order
  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction

Three ways to register

1. Online

You can register online , 24 hours a day, at the Washington Secretary of State’s website.

To register online , you will need:

  • A current Washington State driver license, or
  • A current Washington State ID card

If you do not have either of these, you can still register by mail or in-person.

2. By mail

Download and print a voter registration form  and mail it to King County Elections. Forms are available in many languages.

3. In-person

You can register to vote in-person at one of our locations:


Jun 202018

New High School Schedule – Superintendent’s High School Scheduling Committee

In February of 2018, voters approved the Issaquah School District’s Programs and Operations Levy, paving the way for the District to pursue expanded opportunities for high school students within a new high school schedule.

A high school scheduling committee has been chartered and tasked with developing and recommending a common schedule for all comprehensive high schools in the Issaquah School District that provides students with opportunities for enrichment, exploration, acceleration, and remediation. The final recommendation and report of this committee will be provided to the Superintendent, Ron Thiele, by Wednesday, November 21.

Public Input Survey Deadline June 30, 2018


Meeting Minutes and Agendas

Meetings are scheduled for the following dates: June 4, September 24, October 8, October 29 and November 13 (if needed.) All meetings will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the ISD Administration Office at 565 NW Holly Street, Issaquah.

Agendas Minutes
June 4 June 4
September 24 September 24
October 8 October 8
October 29 October 29
November 13 (if needed) November 13

Committee Charter

The Committee Charter includes the goals and parameters set forth by the Superintendent for the committee as they develop their recommendation.

Questions or Comments? Please Email to



Superintendent Ron Thiele


To support the District Mission and Ends for students as established by the ISD School Board and to advise the Superintendent as he prepares a recommendation to the School Board for a new high school schedule beginning in the 2019-20 school year.

Time Frame

  • June 2018 – November of 2018
  • Meetings are scheduled for the following dates: June 4th, September 24th, October 8th, October 29th and November 13th (if needed) All meetings will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the ISD Central Office
  • Final Committee Report to the Superintendent by Wednesday, November 21st


Recommend to the Superintendent a common schedule for all comprehensive high schools in the ISD that provides students with appropriate opportunities for enrichment, exploration, acceleration and remediation. The schedule must also address meeting the new minimum Washington State Core 24 graduation requirement.


  • Maintain the same length of the student school day within reason and without substantially altering the current school start and end times
  • Maximize student contact time and meet the 1080 BEA hours requirement per school year
  • Achieve consistency across the high schools in both student contact time and classroom teacher preparation time
  • Do not exceed current high school classroom teachers’ student caseloads
  • Common high school schedule that improves the ability to share staff across high schools especially for small and/or specialized programs (music, world language), improve our capacity to monitor student achievement, progress and interventions
  • Consider student, staff and community input in this process

Committee Members

Andrea McCormick Principal Issaquah High School
Sean Martin Principal Liberty High School
Alicia Mitchell Assistant Principal Skyline High School
Jen Martinson Counselor Issaquah High School
Henry Level English Teacher Liberty High School
Ami Williams Math Teacher Skyline High School
Mark Buchli IEA Representative
Stacy Heller Parent Representative Issaquah High School
Mitzi Widdows Parent Representative Liberty High School
Shawna Borichewski Parent Representative Skyline High School

Technical Team

Josh Almy Deputy Superintendent
Donna Hood Principal, Skyline High School; incoming Executive Director of High School Education
Martin Turney Executive Director of Finance and Support Services


Jun 192018

Potential Highlands Elementary School Site Update

The Issaquah School District has been looking at a piece of City-owned property,  located at Northeast Discovery Drive and Sixth Avenue Northwest as a potential site for a new elementary school. As part of its due diligence in assessing the site for school construction, the District retained consultants to perform arborist and geotechnical studies on the site. The results of the geotechnical review were presented to the Issaquah School Board of Directors and discussed at the June 13, 2018 meeting.

Geotechnical reviews are common for prospective builders to determine how suitable the site is for the proposed type and method of construction.The District’s consultants determined that – given the size of the proposed school, as well as the property’s available building area and topographic constraints – there is not enough room to fully address potential landslide hazards through buffers and setbacks, particularly when seismic design criteria are considered.  The consultants for the District stated these natural hazards might be able to be mitigated through more expensive construction measures, such as grading, foundation structures or retention walls. For these reasons, the District has decided not to pursue the property for a school.

The District appreciates its partnership with the City of Issaquah and looks forward to working with the City to identify other properties for school sites. The District recently announced that it has acquired property in Sammamish for an elementary school. However, it is crucial that the District continue to build capacity to meet growing student enrollment. In April 2016 voters approved a school construction bond to acquire land and construct two elementary schools, a new middle school, and a new comprehensive high school.

Link to the Geotechnical Report


Jun 182018

Issaquah School District Acquires Property for New Elementary School

The Issaquah School District is pleased to announce that it has acquired approximately 13 acres located at 4305-4353 Issaquah Pine Lake Road SE in the City of Sammamish. This land, known as the “Volpe Property,” is heavily impacted by wetlands and critical areas and therefore not fully developable. However, the District has determined that the useable area is sufficient for a compact footprint elementary school similar to Clark Elementary.

Site planning and building design are underway with the intention of beginning construction in 2019. The new elementary school is scheduled to open in September 2020. Residents may notice activity sooner on the property as the geotechnical soils analysis work is conducted in the coming weeks.

A new elementary school in this location will provide relief to schools in the surrounding area and address the need for elementary capacity across the District’s service area. More than 1,000 K-5 students live within a one mile radius of the property with more than 300 new single family housing units being developed in close proximity. The District currently operates 220 portable classrooms to accommodate student learning with more than 84 portable classrooms in its schools located within the City of Sammamish.

Voters in the Issaquah School District approved a $533M school bond in April 2016 to purchase land and build two new elementary schools, a new middle school, and a new comprehensive high school as well as expand and remodel four additional schools. Since the bond was approved, property acquisition has been a difficult challenge for the District. New regulatory constraints and continued development have greatly reduced available properties suitable for school construction. However,  the District has been in high gear with the remodeling and expansion projects, including a major rebuild of Pine Lake Middle School, which is set to open this fall. Additions to Sunset and Cougar Ridge Elementary schools will also be complete this fall.

More information about the District’s current land acquisition and construction plans, please visit the Construction Projects page of our website or contact/call Chief of Finance and Operations, Jake Kuper at 425.837.7024 or


Mar 062018

Thank you to all of our volunteers, speakers, donors, endorsers, and most of all voters, who voted YES!