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A2 WEDNESDAY MARCH 117 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Two elementary 00schools get new principals As the Issaquah Valley Elementary School community says hello to a new principal, Challenger Elementary School stu- dents bid farewell to Principal Robin Earl. On March 3, district officials announced they hired Diane Holt to be principal at Issaquah Valley. The school's former princi- pal, Jennelle Hawthorne, Robin Fail announced her resignation last June. Holt has been a principal for 11 years and comes to Issaquah from Green Gables Elementary School in Federal Way. The school has similar demographics to Issaquah Valley, Superintendent Steve Rasmussen said in a letter to the community. At Green Gables, Holt's students showed significant achievement gains as a result of her leadership, which focuses on best teaching and learning practices, the letter said. Holt also served as a curriculum specialist for six years and an ele- mentary school teacher for nine years in the Tahoma School District. "Beyond the credentials, it's ISSAQUAH SCHOOL DISTRICT The Issaquah School District's planned elementary 15 (above), which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2010, will be built in the 28000 block of Southeast 20th Street as part of The Park at Pine Lake development. clear that Mrs. Holt has a huge heart for elementary education -- this is her passion. She is incredi- bly well-versed in running an ele- mentary school, and she goes about her daily work with abun- dant joy." Rasmussen wrote. "On behalf of Issaquah Valley students, I felt privileged to invite her to the Issaquah School District." On March 2, Earl announced she'd leave Challenger to take a position as planning principal for Elementary 15 in June. While the opportunity to open a new school is a challenge, it is hard to leave her current school com- munity, Earl wrote in a letter to the comInunity. "My 15 years in the Issaquah district and my seven years as principal at Challenger have affirmed my beliefs about Issaquah schools as wonderful places for students and staff to learn and grow," she wrote. "My life has been personally and professionally enriched because of the time spent here with you." As principal, Earl has been a "compassionate, intellectual, stu- dent-centered, fun leader," Rasmussen wrote in a letter sent to the Challenger community. "We will select a new principal for Challenger that will continue the school's strong tradition of excel- lent and joyful learning." District officials have asked par- ents to take a community survey about qualities and experiences they'd like their students' new principal to have. Officials will use the information to help evaluate applicants and select a new principal. Elementary 15 is located in the 28000 block of Southeast 20th Street, n a development known as The Park at Pine Lake. It is sched- uled to open in fall 2010. District officials are working with Sammamish city officials to acquire the necessary permits for construction, and said they hope to begin working on the site in late March or April. The building is two stories; its exterior is similar to that of Grand Ridge and Newcastle elementary schools. The building includes 28 classrooms, a computer lab, music room, multipurpose room, gym and resource room with space for occupational and physical thera- pies for special services. BY CHRISTY MCCARTHY , FAIRLY CULTURED Laura Fornter and Karine Frachon (above) visit the France exhibit hosted by Laura Cho and Cara Harnick Feb. 27 during the Festival of Cultures program, featur- ing nations of the world at Cascade Ridge Elementary. Nishu Chakrapani (left) and Gantam Narayan show their pride in India with tradi- tional formal clothes. E FR officials to consider its own mission, values BY J.B. WOGAN Fire Chief Lee Soptich would like to consider the identity and pur- pose of regional fire agency Eastside Fire & Rescue. The coverage area of EFR includes Issaquah, Sammamish, North Bend, Carnation and por- tions of unincorporated King County. The agency has an eight- person commission with five city representatives and three commis- sioners from fire districts in the COunty. Soptich asked the commission to allocate about $3,500 to a two-day session where a consult- ant would help draft a new mis- sion statement and core values for the agency. Soptich called it a strategic plan and suggested it would address the agency's future for the next three years and beyond. "Why do we exist? And is that in concert every time we meet?" ON'IHEWEB See EFR's mission statement, vision statement and guiding principles at www.eastsidefire- rescue.org/Mission.htm. Soptich asked. In the past year, triP commis- sion has debated the role of EFR in east King County. Representatives from the cities have voted against annexing more fire departments into the agency. While blockading the addition of new EFR members has kept fire service low in the cities, it keeps residents in Snoqualmie and Fall City from receiving a higher level of serv- ice. Soptich has argued that the res- idents in those areas would be safer and the overall agency would operate better if the fire depart- merits in Snoqualmie and Fall City were brought into EFR. At pres- ent, they are "doughnut holes" in an otherwise contiguous fire cov- erage area. The board has voted against the expansions, believing that it would increase costs to current members with no corresponding increase in service. RoD Pedee, chairman of the com- mission, said he supported the idea of a session, adding that the commission was hindered by the "tyranny of the urgent," which pre- vented it from addressing long- range goals. The commission voted 6-2 in favor of hiring a consultant. Commissioner Lee Fellinge, a city of Sammamish representa- tive, voted against the move. He said he wanted EFR to have a multitiered plan that would involve broad, long-term goals, but also realistic, short-term objectives during tough economic times. "We need to combine the two thoughts," he said. Commissioner Dave Kappler, representing the city of Issaquah, joined Fellinge in dissenting. He, too, said he wants to focus more on immediate financial problems fac- ing EFR partners. "I think the budget implica- tions for cities is very serious," he said. Fellinge added that he was against any unnecessary spending and cautioned against hiring a con- sultant to achieve more than was possible in two days. Kappler and Fellinge are both members of EFR's Finance and Operations Committee, which has discussed drafting an informal biennial budget to better gauge potential pitfalls for EFR well in advance. Reach Reporter J.B. Wogan at 392-6434, ext. 247, or jbwogan@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- press, com. uth Cove man runs but , ,an t hide frornL police A South Cove man caught driv- ing with a suspended license led Issaquah police on an early morning chase March 4. Officers arrested the 43-year-old man at his home about two hours after he fled from patrol cars. Officers were conducting a routine traffic stop in the 18200 block of West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at 6:45 a.m. When officers told the driver he was under arrest for driving with a suspended license, he refused and shifted the truck into drive. Officers reached inside the Chevrolet pickup to stop him. He closed the window and fled. The driver crossed eastbound Interstate 90 and the median, and then turned onto westbound 1-90. Officers alerted the Washington State Patrol and the Bellevue Police Department. Issaquah police decided not to pursue the suspect "because he was driving too recklessly," Sgt. Scott Trial said. Officers drove to the suspect's South Cove home using informa- tion from his driver's license and tag number. They discovered his pickup parked one block from the house. The suspect hunkered down inside the house and refused to cooperate with police for two hours, Trial said. Officers set up a perimeter around the house. Eventually, a male relative who shared the home arrived and allowed officers to search inside. They discovered the suspect in a crawlspace above the carport. The man, whose name is not being released pending a court appearance, was charged with driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, failure to comply with an officer and resisting arrest. He was booked into the Issaquah City Jail. 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