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Portland, Orojon 97209 THE I SSAQUAH PRESS i Twenty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 5, February 2, 1983 rid of the fence,' o#f 00ays school board tat emotional meeting by Rodi ghemeta Ludlum Under heavy pressure from parents and Oaehes of track and field athletes, the Issa- [uah School Board decided last week to Idow the removal of a controversial and Itentially dangerous fence around the Issa- luah High football field. The traei community has appealed to the ilchol administration and board to get rid f the fence ever since it was installed with 'oney from a 1979 bond issue. The fence is bout six inches away from the inside lane d the track and could cause serious injury o the runner who leans into a turn and ttUmbles, according to the track grtUPai O The group was also sharply " " f a [port on the condition of high school fields ritten by district Operations Director .arry Galloway, calling it "inadequate, negative and biased." Moore, mother of All-American high Umper Mary Moore, said she spoke for parents when she bitterly accus- Galloway of using his position as an to undermine the track pro- "We are convinced that Mr.Galloway's and vindictive attitude toward any- proposed for the improvement of the was set the minute his fence was and we have seen no indication it ever change," she said in a prepared "To give the track and field pro- to Mr. Galloway to administer as he sees fit is dooming it to failure." The proposal she referred to was issued last summer by a committee of parents with interests in all the sports at Issaquah High. It pointed out problems of flooding on many fields, called for using Issaquah High's stadium area as an all-district facility for track, football and soccer and for mov- ing baseball and softball games to city fields. It also contained a plan for moving the fence around the football field from the inside to the outside of the track When that report was presented, the board charged Galloway to investigate the complaints about the state of the playing fields, give an opinion about an all-district facility and come up with a way to pay for any improvements. Galloway's report, given at the last board meeting, recommended against an all- district sports facility, but basically agreed that many fields at Issaquah High suffered from poor drainage. He said it would cost about $400,000 to take care of all the improvements needed at lssaquah High and suggested either a bond or a district commit- ment of $50,000 per year to pay for improvements. As for the issue of moving the fence, Galloway wrote, "The fence on the inside of the track.., has been looked at several times and a plan to move the fence to the ssaquah High seniors n reserve parking Continued on Page 8 Seniors at Issaquah High can now buy re- privileges for seniors. Every student Parking spaces in the upper lot of the benefit eventually." will The school board voted 3-2 at the anuary' 26 board meeting to allow seniors pay$5 to reserve one of ll6 parking Spaces at the school, provided students who can't afford $5 get a free space. The issue was debated for an hour and a half as board members grilled Dan Fetridge Jim Shiner, the president and vice presi- of Shamen, the boy's service club had proposed the reserved parking The club said it would repaint lines on lot, number the spaces and post signs. members said the money raised would used to pay for graduation and school mProvements. R "-?ard=m members Bill McGlashan, Gary u and Tom McLaughlin voted to ap- Prove the plan, while Karen Taylor Sherman t voted no. Cannot believe this is the right thing to said Sherman. "I don't think it's right charge, no matter how. much we charge." ,o. ,a,00or 00avo ,t.00oot, *aw . rved parking. hamen's Fetridge said he couldn't any students would have a problem for reserved parking. ;5 represents such a financial hard- shouldn't be driving a car to ," he said. "We're trying to add a to a school that doesn't have Gary Raid criticized the plan because it did not address the whole problem of park- ing at the high school  especially the long rows of cars parked along Second Avenue. "It didn't start out as a plan to solve' parking on Second Avenue," argued Fetridge. "We're just trying to give people who want it the opportunity to park in the upper lot and raise money for graduation." He pointed out that it will be easier Io police students because the administration will have a record of car owners and can contact them if there's a problem. Margaret Davis, vice principal at the high school, said she supported Shamen's plan because it would relieve her of ihe onerous duty of monitoring parking. Assigning the faculty numbered parking spaces helped solve problems there, she said, adding that Shamen had been "a model of responsibili- ty" in working out the reserved parking plan. "The plan will make my job easier," she concluded. Tom McLaughlin said he saw no great principles being violated by charging for parking since the high school already charges drivers $1 for a parking permit in all areas except Second Avenue. The plan will go into effect for the rest of the semester as a pilot project and will b evaluated at the end of the school year to see if it should be continued. School board briefs. May Valley will close. oes anybody care? There was little discussion about the clos- g of May Valle,, Elementar at th anuar,..,t   y e _. -J ,m scool board meeting. Plans for [l,cating the special programs at the school t .'' oeen in the works since fall. Nobody at ne board meeting had any objections to the Plans. The formal vote to close it was delayed after board member Karen Taylor Sherman ScUaggeed a public hearing be held just in bnflre was a problem. The hearing will ':m at the next regular board meeting on "nesday, February 9. andn. e school now houses Sunny Hills fifth r,, txth graders who will return to their ex- '"-uect school next fall. Students in the wtngUage and Learning Disabilities classes 1  .Ove to three different schools: grades v 3 In t 3 in . he north end will go to Sunset, I to me south end will "o to Maple Hills and those in 4 Th through 6 will go to Clark. "' Learnin C ' "1 --.ra", .... g ommunltyprogram wll . to lssaquah Valley. Ublic hearing set for earlyA,^..mOve to Liberty Mou"aar 85 students who live in the Tiger area- .n, Cedar Grove and Mirrormont jUnoran.are now ninth graders at Issaquah se,a , rtlgh will be affected by a plan to "$' mere to Liberty High a year early.  Publtc hear n wl I be held ....... i ing on that pla "1 at the February 23 school board meeting. Letters will be sent to parents in the area notifying them of the transfer and hearihg. School administrators say Issaquah High will face sever(, overcrowding when middle schools begin in 1984 unless the ninth graders are moved early. Since students who begin high school at lssaquah will not be re. quired to move to Liberty, there will still be a group of south end seniors left at Issaquah when ninth grade is added to the high school in 1984. Projected enrollment for the school that year is 1550, or about 300 more than the present enrollment. Portable classrooms and rooms at Clark Elementary will have to be used for that year, according to Bob Eiene, personnel administrator. Budget decisions delayed until legislature acts The board put off any decision on a possi- ble revenue shortfall or more than half a million dollars until it can see what the legislature will do about the state's worsen- ing financial condition. The governor threatened to cut back all state agencies unless legislators come up with the revenue to cover deficits. Issa- quah's share of those cuts would, be $672,000, according to Business Director Harold Skow. The board will make a deci- sion about whether or not to cut back transportation at the February 23 meeting. ?; / Minutes later, the cheering stopped About 300 Issaquah wrestling fans flocked to Mercer Island last Thursday to watch the last meet and at one point lead 28-26 (that's when the fans were cheering), the final score was meet of the season against the only team that has ever seriously threatened the Indian's Mercer Island 32, Issaquah 28. For the full story, see Sports. Photo by Rodi Shemeta 8g-In-a-row dual meet winning streak. Though Issy fought back from a 23-7 low point in the Ludlum. 'i i iii Biggest crowd, ever takes sides on Pickering debate by Rhoda Donkin It was the biggest crowd to assemble for a public hearing in a decade. More than 300 people jammed into the Issa- quah High cafeteria Monday night to listen and testify on the city's proposed compre- hensive plan. While the coun- cil purposely gave no responses and made no deci- sions, Mayor A. J. Culver took a moment to con- gratulate the audience on its collective courtesy. Some carried signs reading "green is beautiful" and some carried thick briefcases stuffed with other sorts of ammunition aimed at win- ning over seven poised coun- cil members. People sat with clusters of friends and clapped generously when their side was articulate at the podium. Fifty speakers in five hours lobbied the council on their view of the most controver- sial aspect of the plan, 140 acres north of Interstate 90, the Pickering Farm property. The council will decide this month whether to put the property in a district to en- courage increased develop- ment or one that allows only further expansion of what presently exists on the land. Recently the planning commission recommended the 140 acres belonged in an "established district," which infuriated landowners. The city council had previously recommended the property be slated for a "development district," which outraged en- vironmentalists, airsports en- thusiasts and others. The two sides stood their ground at the hearing, some- times rehashing old argu- ments presented over the past year. Statement followed rebuttal until a speaker with a name which caught public attention took the micro- phone. Drury Pickering, whose family farmed the land for 100 years, said farming in the valley was gone for good and there was no use trying to preserve something that had already died. "What really hurt us was when they put the freeway through. We felt it would ruin the valley and we went LU court and ,lied to fight the State of Washington to save the valley. We lost. That was the beginning, and soon every farm was vacated and sold and development started It He went on to support developing the valley with "a plan which the greatest number of persons may benefit from." Interstate 90 was used by another speaker, who blamed that road for bringing "tur- keys like me" to the area. Dave Mortison, a Kent resi- dent, said the road opened lssaquah to future growth and he encouraged the coun- ell'to "make your decisions now -- don't put them off. If you do you'll get all the negative and none of the positive impacts of develop- ment." lssaquah resident Norm Hamilton agreed. "If we don't develop, King County will, and we'll be watching them eat their lunch and throw their peelings over the fence." Employment opportunities in high technology industries was one of the positive aspects of development sug- gested by Hamilton and others. Roger Girard, general partner of the Pickering Farm property, made his point quickly, "Make no mistake about it. The Picker- ing Farm property will develop!" But Steve Grossruck, owner of the Cascade Ultra- lite Company, which operates from the lssaquah Skyport Airfield, was not convinced. "Growth is not inevitable. The whole idea of creeping crud of insect development makes my stomach turn," he said. Speakers who challenged development attacked the idea that pavement obviously follows green Issaquah resident, Cecile Bostrum called developing the area a "one time only, ir- reversible change. It's like taking a bead on the last sur- viving member of a species. It's a daunting proposition." Nancy Brekke implored the council "not to change things that make us different from other areas around Drunk student nearly dies at school A 17-year-old Issaquah The youth had been drink- ing. It was estimated he had dicates there are symptoms High student drank an ing off campus, according to consumed up to a fifth of of aproblem,"shesaid. almost fatal amount of the school's vice principal, straight vodka. This week the school alcohol before coming to Dr. Margaret Davis. Other Davis contacted other guidance department is meet- school Tuesday, January 25, students involved in the inci- students involved in the ing to discuss drug and and was found by school dent apparently brought him - drinking spree and said they alcohol abuse and methods authorities staggering with to school around 1 p.m., she were cooperative but "there for coping with it at school. assistance on his way to the said. seemed to be a total lack of Topics of discussion will in- bus at 2 p.m. understanding that a human elude how teachers can iden- Police say they will not life wasatstake." tify abuse, which Davis said The youth lost conscious- charge the youth. He has is usuallysubtle. ness momentarily and his been readmitted to school as blood pressure dropped "standard policy for one- dangerously low as Issaquah time drug or alcohol fire fighters rushed to revive abusers," said Davis. If the him. Medic units were also abuse does not continue and called in and treatment con- the student accepts counsel- tinued for more than half an ing, he or she is allowed to hour. continue at a school, she "He could have lost it if said. he'd been left alone," said The youth was taken to Issaquah Fire Chief Tony Overlake Hospital for tests Singleton. and detained until that even- "This is an isolated inci- dent," said Davis. But, she added, she is aware there is an increasing problem with drug and alcohol use by some high school age youths. "Last year there were two so-called busts the whole year on campus. This year, in the first week, there were two. The rate has certainly not continued that high, but it in- "Most cases are not cut and dried. What we deal with here most of the time is suspected abuse," she said. The group will also discuss ways to involve parents in the problem. "We don't have a budget for this kind of problem," said Davis. But something will be done. here," Susan Williams summariz- ed her comments saying the area has beenestablished as a farm for over 100 years and an airport for the last 40. "It certainly deserves to be an established district." Other people offered their own suggestions on the prob- lem of what to do with the land. Ron Scoones, member of Citizens for Creative Alternatives, challenged the city council to get more public opinion on the issue by sending out a question- naire. He promised to pay for postage and duplication to make that possible. Seattle architect Don Goe suggested the city purchase development rights on the property, put another park district before voters or try getting federal money to buy the airport. He said, These were only "a few of the possible alternatives" to keeping the land open. Eugene Ekblad, general partner of the Pickering Farm property, suggested the city buy the land through a bond issue, if the goal is to keep it in open space. "It should be done honestly, openly and fairly, not under the pretense of regulating use." That idea however was countered by lssaquah Sky- port Airfield manager Linn Emrich who said if the land were put into a development district it would be too ex- pensive for even a city to buy. Don Clark, also an in- vestor in the property, re- ferred to his college days under the tutelege of a real estate teacher who emphasiz- ed that land should be put to its "highest and best use." Clark said high technology would fit that description. But local writer and environmentalist Irving Petite had a different idea. "To me highest and best use of the area is (literally) for the birds." Holiday Inn of Issaquah invites you to listen to the enjoyable music of "PROMISES" in our Lounge LOUNGE HOURS: TUES.-SAT. 5 P.M..2 A.M. LUNCH: 11 A.M.-2 P.M. Exit 15 off 1-90 392-6421