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614 N.'J. 6th Ave, Porlend, Ore7on 97209 $10 PER YEAR $17.50 FOR TWO YEARS 25 per copy Vol. 81, No. 3 SERVING THE ISSAQUAH AREA SINCE 1900 45 FRONT STREET S. ISSAQUAH, KING COUNTY WASH I NGTON 392-6434 Wednesday, January 21, 1981 6' "ng pipe for the phone company Traffic has been more than a little congested at NewportWay and 12th Avenue Northwest recently. The construction of a Pacific Northwest Bell service center is underway. The ground work, laying sewer and waterlines, Is being done at this time. Dave Blythe photo. ic hearing tonight on $4.5 million school bond S00.=arch is on schedule by David Jepsen decision will he made after The facility includes 23,100 Issaquah School the publichearing, square feet, 6,300 of which Will hold a public The cost of expanding will be shop space. tonight at 8 in the Liberty is $4 million, half of An analysis done by the tration Service which comes from state district showed that a nter to gather comments matching funds. That will be warehouse that size will save a Proposed $4.565 million enough to add 57,240 square the district 12 percent a year dissue. feet to Liberty's existing in purchasing of supplies bond issue will finance 86,000 square feet. because they can buy and expansion of Liberty Liberty is being expanded store goods in larger quan- School and the con- for two reasons: the building tities. Currently the district is ruction of a district was never completed when it using the old Green Gym rehouse facility, among was built in 1976, and near Issaquah Junior High things, because room is needed to School to store supplies. add ninth-grade students Other projects funded by If the board approves the under the district's proposed the bond are: the installation Committee's recom- middle schooJ program, of two underground, 20,000- to have a bond gallon storage tanks for !ue, it Will be placed on the The warehouse, to be built diesel and unleaded fuel Lrch 10 ballot along with near the administration ($35,000); blacktoping park- Year's $1.6 million building on Southeast 72nd inglotsand driveways at the levy. The board's Street, will cost $800,000. administration building and adjacent issaquah Valley Elementary School ($30,000); installation of cyclone fencing for all or parts of elementary, junior high and senior high schools ($50,000); install insulation and reroof all or portions of lssaquah Senior High School, and lssaquah Valley and Clark elementary schools ($800,000); and moving 10 portables to Sunny Hills Elementary School to relieve overcrowding there ($400,000). the fuel tanks are being bought because the district has no fuel storage capacity at this time, and would not be eligible for fuel allocations in the event of a fuel shot- rage, .according to a Bond Committee report. The condition of the park- ing lots at lssaquah Valley has drawn complaints from parents, according to Errol Nelson, bond committee chairman. The cyclone fenc- ing, Nelson said, would reduce the potential of van- dalism, increase school grounds safety and make stu- dent supervision easier. The potential for energy savings is the main reason the schools' roofs are being redone. A Puget Sound Power and Light Company study showed that the saving would be nearly $7,000 a year at the three schools. Portables are bing moved to Sunny Hills because the school is so overcrowded that fifth and sixth-grade students are currently being bussed 11 miles across the district to May Valley Elementary School. But all the above plans are just so much talk if the voters fail to pass the bond. To pass, 5,866 voters must show up at the polls and 3,520 of them must vote yes. The cost for the bond, not including interest, will be $4.57 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. That means the owner of $100,000 home will pay $22.85 a year for 20 years. fcp00- new superintendent The search for an Issaquah School District super- intendent continues on schedule. The decision is scheduled to be made April 15. Dr. Clifton Johnson, an educator for over 30 years and lssaquah superintendent for 15, said he will retire at the end of this school year. The district has been advertising for his replace- ment since Jan. 5. The school board will take applications until Feb. 10. According to Personnel Director Gary Newbill, 26 applications have been sent out, but as of Jan. 19, only one had been returned. "There will be a lot of ac- tivity the last 10 days or so," Newbill said, meaning he ex- pects a number of applicants for what is considered a very attractive job in the Pacific Northwest. The School Board con- tracted with the University of Washington Placement Ser- vice and the Washington State School Directors Association to screen ap- plicants. The best six (exact number not determined) will be refer- red to the board for two-hour interviews. The final can- didate will be subjected to a lengthy interview. That process does not pre- vent the board choosing someone other than the six finalists, Newbill said. "The board will have the list of all the applicants. They can select who they want," he said. DINNERTIME! New library: HOMEMADE LASAGNE lieious! rved with garlic bread & green salad 118Q RIBS bk?ede-style ribs inclu _ding potato or steak frxes & en salad 00ItIYAKI STEAK real crowd pleaser! eludes baked potato or Steak fries & green salad Now Serving Beer & Wine! by David Jcpsen The lssaquah Library Board continues to search for a site to put its" $640,000 library that voters approved with a bond issue last November. But the board's brightest hopes of finding a location were dashed Jan. 14. The Is- saquah School Board voted unanimously not to dedicate school land for the library. The land the Library board was eyeing is a 13,000 square foot piece on a seven-acre parcel near lssaquah Junior High School between First Avenue S.E. and Second Avenue S.E. There are only a couple of portables on the property, which the school rents to a pre-school and a clothing bank. Superintendent Clifton Johnson recommended that the board not dedicate the land because lssaquah Junior High School needed it for future playground space. He said the recommended size of a junior high school is 20 Issaquah Schoc00l Board says sorry, but no to library's request for land dedication Library Board Chairman Sylvia Werkau said she was disappointed but not surpris- ed the school board turned the request for land down. "It was just one of the sites that was suggested and we thought we should explore every possibility, i'm not sur- prised that the (school district) needs the property," Werkau said. When asked if the school site was the board's most viable option, Werkau said "probably." acres and lssaquah Junior to be reached within the But again, the district was High is now only 13. Library Board's timeline for worried abut space, this time "That area ! believe is real- building the library, which is for buses. Issaquah Junior ly needed for an auxiliary to have the library completed High Principal Dick Carlson play area for the junior in 1981. said it would be a mistake to high," Johnson said. "If we lssaquah voters approved add the traffic a library give that site away we have a $320,000 bond issue last generates to what he called eliminated the opportunity to November. The matching an already "dangerous" reconstruct that area." money is from the King parking situation. The board did not County Library System. An historical note: The altogther close the door on The Library Board was county swimming pool was the request. Johnson said the also interested in school built on land donated by the district would be interested in district property near the district in 1973.. Issaquah "talking" about the land King County Forward Thrust High School and IJHS use dedication, but he said it was Swimming Pool, just north the pool for their swimming impractical for an agreement of the junior high, programs. Other options are: replac- ing or remodeling the current library on East Sunset Way; build on land that is now Memorial Field, which Werkau said "won't be too popular"; and a narrow strip of city land at First Avenue Southeast and East Sunset Way. "We want to keep the library close to the center of town, close to where people walk and that sort of thing," Werkau said. urant N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah, 392-4020 Feb. 7 is deadline to register to vote for school levy February 7 is the voter registration deadline for the March 10 lssaquah special school levy election. To register with King County citizens 18 and over may sign up at any lssaquah school or at the school administration building, ls- saquah City Hall or the lssa- quah Library during regular business hours. Carmen Olson, 4146 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., will also accept registrations in the evening or on weekends. Her phone number is 392-3309. Those working out of the Issaquah area may find it more convenient to register at any of the following loca- tions during business hours: any King County library, Seattle city fire station, the University of Washington HUB or the King County