Issaquah School District

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Issaquah School District No. 411 is a public school district in King County, Washington, USA, serving the city of Issaquah as well as portions of Sammamish, Renton, Bellevue, and Newcastle.

As of November 2012, the district has an enrollment of 17,787 and 24 total schools.

Schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

  • Issaquah High School, is located south of downtown Issaquah, and is expectedly the district's oldest high school. IHS opened in 1905 and moved to its present location in 1962. School colors: Purple & Gold. Mascot: Eagles.
  • Liberty Senior High School, opened in 1977 at the southwest region of the district. LHS was named the National Blue Ribbon school in 1999 and was recognized in Washington, D.C. School colors: Silver, Green, & Blue. Mascot: Patriots.[1]
  • Skyline High School is the district's newest high school, opening its doors in 1997. Located in Sammamish on the northern boundary of the district, Skyline serves as a community center for the city of Sammamish. School colors: Green & Silver. Mascot: Spartans.
  • Tiger Mountain Community High School is a high school serving students throughout the district who seek an alternative to the traditional high school environment. Each student is given personalized lessons and support by the staff which adds to the alternative style of education. Tiger Mountain is also the site for a regional high tech learning center serving students throughout the region.

Middle schools (6-8)[edit]

Primary schools (K-5)[edit]

  • Apollo Elementary School – feeder school for Maywood and Liberty. It is also a host site for the district's Mind Education – Right and Left (brain) Integration (MERLIN) program.
  • Briarwood Elementary School – feeds on Maywood and Liberty (New school opening in fall 2012)
  • Cascade Ridge Elementary School – feeder school for Beaver Lake and Skyline
  • Challenger Elementary School – feeder school for Beaver Lake and Skyline
  • Clark Elementary School – feeder school for Issaquah Middle and Issaquah
  • Cougar Ridge Elementary School – feeder school for Issaquah Middle and Issaquah
  • Creekside Elementary School - feeder school for Pine Lake and Skyline
  • Discovery Elementary School – feeder school for Pine Lake and Skyline
  • Endeavour Elementary School – feeder school for Beaver Lake and Skyline. It is also a host site for the district's Mind Education – Right and Left (brain) Integration (MERLIN) program.
  • Grand Ridge Elementary School – feeder school for Pacific Cascade Middle and Issaquah
  • Issaquah Valley Elementary School – feeder school for Issaquah Middle and Issaquah
  • Maple Hills Elementary School – feeder school for Maywood and Liberty
  • Newcastle Elementary School – feeder school for Maywood and Liberty
  • Sunny Hills Elementary School – feeder school for Pine Lake and Skyline
  • Sunset Elementary School – feeder school for Pacific Cascade Middle and Issaquah

In the news[edit]

2002 District strike[edit]

The Issaquah School District teachers' union voted to strike which in turn left Issaquah schools to be closed from the opening day of school, September 4, until September 26 – closing the school for a total of three weeks; fifteen total school days. An agreement was made on September 25 ratified by a 740-45 majority vote cast by the teachers at Issaquah High School, relieving the teachers of the threats of fines that would be put in place due to the fact that the teachers voted to defy a King County Superior Court injunction calling for the teachers to return to work.[2] Resulting from the strike was a 3.8 percent pay increase over two years; ninety-five percent being covered by state aid. An additional $250 "return to work incentive" was offered to all teachers as well as a $500 bonus the following year. Because of the increased incentive to return to work, more staff was gained in that year than during any previous year.[2]

2006 Bus driver termination[edit]

An Issaquah School District bus driver now identified as Staci LaManna was fired in September 2006 when she allegedly "flipped off" Former United States President George W. Bush in June 2006 while she was transporting a group of students back from a field trip to the Woodland Park Zoo.[3] The 43-year-old driver has filed a union grievance for wrongful termination.[4] The Issaquah School District stated that the termination was a result of a "pattern of behavior" and not for any political reasons.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liberty High School". Liberty.issaquah.wednet.edu. 2012-08-16. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, Gregory (2002-09-26). "All sides -- including kids -- voice relief at Issaquah strike's resolution". The Seattle Post Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  3. ^ School Fires Driver For Giving Bush The Finger - Education News Story - WKMG Orlando[dead link]
  4. ^ Tuinstra, Rachel (2006-12-29). "She flipped off president, wants old job". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  5. ^ Postman, David (2006-11-01). "District says driver did more than flip the bird to Bush". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 

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