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A Message from the Issaquah School District School Board

Posted on November 9, 2021

Dear ISD Community -

It is with regret that the Board acknowledges Superintendent Ron Thiele’s decision to retire from his position at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

The Board is justifiably proud of Superintendent Thiele’s many accomplishments during his remarkable nine-year tenure at the helm of the Issaquah School District. Some of his achievements include:

  • Establishing a culture of kindness and sustainability
  • Implementing Positive Behavior Social Emotional Support training and Social Emotional Learning curriculum
  • Partnering with Swedish Health Services to provide mental health counselors for students
  • Developing and implementing cultural competency training for administrators, teachers and staff and establishing a district Equity Department
  • Implementing a 7-period high school day to create more opportunities for students
  • Planning and opening Gibson Ek High School, which focuses on project-based learning
  • Engaging the community in a comprehensive discussion around school start times and implementing a revised bell schedule
  • Expanding early learning opportunities and implementing both full-day kindergarten and an elementary dual-language program
  • Implementing an entirely new system of teacher/principal evaluation
  • Spearheading the 2016 construction bond and overseeing the building of seven new or rebuilt schools and the expansion and modernization of numerous others
  • Maintaining a long tradition of financial excellence, with continued high bond ratings.

Superintendent Thiele has been an outstanding collaborator and partner with the Issaquah School Board. We will truly miss him, but wish him much happiness and success in his retirement.

The Board will discuss its next steps toward the hiring of a new superintendent at its next Board meeting on Monday, Nov. 15.


Suzanne Weaver
ISD School Board President