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School Board Meeting Updates: June 10, 2021

Posted on June 11, 2021

The Issaquah School Board held a regular meeting Thursday, June 10 at the Issaquah School District Administration Building. The meeting was broadcast live on the ISD YouTube channel, and a recording of the meeting is available.

The following is a summary of the topics the Board and district staff discussed and action the Board took at the meeting. It is not an official record or meeting minutes. To review official minutes from all board meetings, please visit our board meeting archive webpage.

During the preliminary agenda, a number of new administrators were introduced to the Board. These introductions included:

  • Crystal Weik, Principal Maywood Middle School
  • Kathryn Coffin, Principal Beaver Lake Middle School
  • Amy Allison, Principal Creekside Elementary School
  • Allison Ilgenfritz, Principal Echo Glen Children’s Center
  • Lisa Neighbours, Director of Career and Technical Education

Linkage with Issaquah Schools Foundation Review

The Board held a joint meeting with the Issaquah Schools Foundation (ISF) prior to the regular board meeting. After a quick recap of the meeting, the Board shared their gratefulness for ISF's support of programs, district and individual grants, and purchases for the district. For more information about this important organization or to donate view their website.

Discussion on Planning for the 2021-22 School Year

Superintendent Ron Thiele updated the board on planning efforts for summer school 2021 and the 2021-22 school year. He emphasized that “normal” school is what the District does best and is what has developed our strong reputation of a high achieving school district. Superintendent Thiele continued by thanking the Board for passing Resolution 1163 and shared a number of actions the District is taking to ensure students have the opportunity to learn in-person, full time this fall.

New guidance for summer school 2021 and for the 2021-22 school year have been released by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). This guidance, a FAQ released by the DOH, and the continuing decrease of COVID cases that we are seeing are extremely encouraging.

The work of preparing for back to school as "normal" is being led as a top priority by Superintendent Thiele and the Superintendent's Advisory Committee. They understand that it is essential to ensure all operational needs are in place for the start of the school year. Listen to more of Superintendent Thiele’s overview and the board discussion on YouTube.

Monitoring Report EL-9 Annual Report to the Public

Executive Director of Communications and Digital Strategy Lesha Engels presented EL-9 Annual Report to the Public. The report, which was published on May 20, can be viewed on our District site. Conversation included an overview of the updated report card data, a test score gap due to the pause on state testing caused by the pandemic, and a future update to the scorecard. Other highlights included food services meal distribution, the growth of the Cultural and Family Partnerships program, and extensive professional development for staff.

Capital Projects Update

Director of Capital Projects Tom Mullins shared an update on a number of projects including:

  • Cedar Trails Elementary School (Elementary #16)
  • Cougar Mountain Middle School (Middle School #6)
  • High School #4 and Elementary School #17
  • Maple Hills Elementary HVAC System Upgrades and Additions
  • Beaver Lake Middle School HVAC System Upgrades and Remodel
  • Liberty High School Stadium Improvements - Finished
  • Issaquah High School Stadium Improvements
  • Holly Street Campus Creek Early Learning Center Improvements and Creek Bank Repairs

Board Director Mullings asked a follow-up question regarding the completion of the field at Pine Lake Middle School. To view images shared during the presentation you may watch the YouTube recording of the presentation, or visit the Capital Projects department webpage.

Works in Progress

The Issaquah School District has again been recognized as a National Board Accomplished District, which means over 20% of our teachers hold a National Board Certification.

Graduations for the Class of 2021 are in progress! Gibson Ek High School's ceremony was Thursday, June 10, which was live streamed by the communications team on YouTube. The remaining high school graduations are taking place on Friday, June 11:

The Academy for Community Transition (ACT) graduation is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16 at 2 p.m. and can be live streamed via Zoom.

VOICE Mentors were recognized with a drive through event to honor their service to students and the ISD throughout the 2020-21 school year. View our Facebook page for highlights!

District Communications

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You can view recordings of this and other past board meetings on the ISD YouTube channel. You can also see future meetings on this channel or via Zoom. Check the District website for more information on attending meetings, giving public comments, or reading the minutes of past meetings.