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School board authorizes two land purchases

Thursday, June 15, 2006

District will bank land for an elementary school on the Sammamish Plateau and an elementary and middle school in May Valley.

The Issaquah School Board this month authorized the purchase of pieces of land in the north and south end of the district to accommodate potential future growth. The school community approved a bond measure in February 2006 that included funds for such land procurement.

The first piece of land is a $4 million, 13.5-acre Sammamish plot located at 20777 S.E. 20th St., along the western boundary of a housing subdivision that is under construction. The district plans to build its next new school—its 15th elementary—here before the turn of the decade if growth continues in the Skyline attendance area. The only sensitive areas on the property are two very small, constructed wetlands.

The second piece of land—the $3.33 million “Winterbrook Farm” site—is an 80-acre plot located at 21207 S.E. May Valley Rd. in Issaquah that could someday house an elementary and a middle school to alleviate crowding in the Liberty attendance area. Funding for construction will need to come from a future bond measure; currently, it is not anticipated that these schools would open before 2014-2016.

The district recognizes that sensitive areas such as streams, wetlands, and a flood plain occupy a sizeable portion of the land. Initial concept plans show that the two schools can fit on the large plot without disturbing these sensitive areas per King County regulations.

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