Jan 212014
 

Issaquah Press:
Capital levy proposal has many targets

By Neil Pierson
01/21/14

Visitors to Issaquah Valley Elementary School might not notice any differences in how meals are served to the roughly 560 students, but the kitchen staff there has appreciated upgrades.

As part of a $5.6 million “critical repairs” levy passed by Issaquah School District voters in February 2010, more than $850,000 was spent to replace outdated equipment in several school kitchens.

Brian Olson, the district’s director of food services, said the improvements occurred largely at six elementary schools — Challenger, Cougar Ridge, Discovery, Endeavour, Sunset and Issaquah Valley.

“It was really upgrading a lot of the older kitchen equipment that’s been in place for 10, 15, 20 years or so,” he said.

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Jan 142014
 

Issaquah Press:
Special-education programs draw from district M&O levy dollars

By Neil Pierson
01/14/14

Like her fellow administrators around the Issaquah School District, Michelle Caponigro is concerned about providing resources for her special-education students.

For Caponigro, the principal at Pine Lake Middle School, that means having teachers in two learning resource centers — an LRC I class for students with specific learning disabilities who spend much of their day in a general classroom setting and an LRC II class for students with “significant challenges” who are more difficult to manage.

Of Pine Lake’s 847 students, about 60 are served by a special-education program, Caponigro said. There are three full-time LRC teachers at the school, a fraction of its certificated teaching staff of 40.

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Jan 072014
 

Issaquah Press:
Three school levy proposals are headed toward voters

By Neil Pierson
01/07/14

Voters will have the chance to approve or deny three levy proposals the Issaquah School District is placing on the Feb. 11 ballot.

The district is seeking the renewal of its existing maintenance and operations levy, which provides a large chunk of employee salaries not covered by the state.

The district is also asking for a one-year, $1.7 million transportation levy, and a four-year, $52 million capital levy aimed at improving technology and making key repairs to facilities.

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Jan 022014
 

Newcastle News:
Three school levy proposals are headed toward voters

By Neil Pierson
01/02/14

Newcastle voters will have the chance to vote on three levy proposals the Issaquah School District is placing on the Feb. 11 ballot.

The district is seeking the renewal of its existing maintenance and operations levy, which provides a large chunk of employee salaries not covered by the state.

The district is also asking for a one-year, $1.7 million transportation levy, and a four-year, $52 million capital levy aimed at improving technology and key repairs to facilities.

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