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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS %'EDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2004 A3 uncertain as to depth of landslide damage to 1-90 wall 00ber of ruined JOHN'S.ON know ff a wall above the was damaged 31 landslide. drainage may around the the wall's main George, a )ortation manager based the retaining wall ost severe possible : to the man-made hillside below proposed Issaquah and lanes of a water- amaged a drainage system and filled storm- water detention ponds with mud and debris. The slide, which may have been caused by a clogged pipe, took 20,000 cubic feet of mud and debris down a steep slope, scatter- ing trees in its wake and discharg- ing muddy water that originated in Camp Creek into two forks of Issaquah Creek. Geo/'ge said the state's first goal is to restore the water-collection ponds -- something that's a little tricky because DOT doesn't know exactly what they looked like to start with. "We weren't expecting a land- slide," George told the City Council. One thingDOT knows for sure is that a number of decorative fascia panels adorned with leaf imprints were ruined and will be replaced. About 135 feet of those panels were destroyed, George said. Once the ponds are fixed and the wall damage assessed and fixed to whatever extent needed, DOT hopes to use a study of the slide being prepared by a group of about 22 city officials, geologists and hydrologists as a guide to returning the slope to its previous condition. "We don't understand what hap- "We're concerned drainage may have taken soils around anchors that hold the wall's main plate in .... We don understand what hap- pened, and we'll be Iooidng for some sort of an assess. menff - Cathy George 5te  of Trapormon pened, and we'll be looking for some sort of an assessment," George said. The stud,,', being called a "white paper," will be produced by one group of investigators, with a sec- ond group challenging the first group's assertions where'h they believe it's necessary. Concerns about the objectivit of the study were raised again last week by Councilman Hank Thomas, who questioned why Major Development Review Team officials -- Dan Ervin and Keith Niven -- are heading the two study teams that will investigate the slope's infiltration system. "The chairs of both groups are people who have gotten us to this problem to begin with," Thomas said. Council President, Nancy Davidson noted, however, that Ervin and Niven are facilitators, and that various outside consultants on the project have assured the coun- cil's Major Development Regional Affairs Committee (MDRAC) that they'll be independent. The credibility of the study was a major demand made by MDRAC committee members Davidson, Fred Butler and Russell Joe after the slide, and resulted, in the two- team approach to the study, which was devised by Niven. A draft report is expected some- time in May. above he Sunset inten:hange was damaged in a landsJicle in January. FII,E BADER at Issaquah lighter work- the senior for three the school 11 ington high to corn- of culminating school. Here, and Tiger High quiring a involve of a subject at Tiger paper, com- and a presen- the schools the Og h HI takes hiatus from senior projects Gallagher said. Eve Martine, executive director of secondary education for Issaquah schools, wants to have senior projects in place dis- trictwide by at least 2007. To prepare, administrators from Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty have begun meeting to assure their proj- ects are similar, which will be important in terms of district resources, equity and consistency at the soon-to-be-built ninth-grade campus, according to Gallagher. when Issaquah High embarked on its own version of a culminating project three years ago, district officials had surmised that it could possibly be a model for Liberty and Skyline, which currently have no similar project, Martine said. However, it now appears that Issaquah's project  look quite a bit different after IlIe thre schools finish planning. In the future, Martine and Gallagher said they would like to "This is an opportune time for us to say we know things l be dif- ferent in the future, so let's take our time and resources and re- evaluate," Principal Mike Gallagher said. "We're not going to put some- thing together just to put some- thing together in the interim." Next year, the required senior government class that houses the project is being dropped; future graduates will instead take those social studies credits as fresh- men. According to Gallagher, there was an option of making another department -- most likely English -- responsible for the senior proj- ect next year. But that would necessitate a huge amount of work, training and unfunded cost. "For someone to take this on in a department is a lot of work initial- ly," Gallagher said. -And with significant changes on the horizon for the project, it made no sense to shuffle it to different Passion... more than a movie! Experience the reality of Jesus, His life, purpose and hope Christian Assembly presents JESUS LORD OF ALLI A three-part portrayal of history's greatest story in drama, music and message. Service Schedule Saturday at 5:00pm Sunday at 8:00, 9:15, and 1 l:00am Saturday, April 3 Sunday, April 4 His passton and sacrifice Saturday, April 10 Sunday, April 11 His resurrection and its message of hope! "This is an opportune time for us to say we know things will be different in the future. - Mike Gallagher ,i year," or life after high school -- a component mandated by the state. This will likely include hooking into all four years of the district's cur- riculum that helps students discov- er who they are, what they want to do and what they need to do to get there. "We want to create somethin that's meaningful and relevant and has rigor in it," Gallagher said. State requirements leave it up to individual school districts to deter- mine what years students begin the culminating project, the scope of the project and how and by whom it will be graded. Gallagher said the senior project #lWlU-l:adth 004rnlne /tmird Satud i KuFu Hall of sali Spomml Ily 'isol izlquah For mml call: (4251 se2-621s or 1-800-22-UNITE will remain in student handbooks at Issaquah High next year to fulfill legal requirements mandating that incoming freshmen have a com- plete credit map laid out. The Issaquah High site council learned of the decision to tem- porarily drop the senior project at its most recent meeting on March 17. Already the news has buzzed through campus and Gallagher said several students have come to see him about it. When asked about the difference in workload for this year's seniors as compared to next year's seniors who won't have to do the time-con- suming project, Gallagher said things change. "Requirements change over the course of years at a high school," he said, pointing out that the class of 2008 will have to pass the WASL to graduate while this year's sen- iors do not. For parent Lynn Ahlers, whose twin boys are seniors, the news is bittersweet. Throughout the school year, she said her boys have dealt with the same frustrations with the project that have been brought up infor- mally among parents and stu- dents as well as formally at site council meetings during the past three years: There needs to be more consistency in things such as due dates and grading, espe- cially between regular and advanced-placement classes; it takes too much time away from class work; and rough drafts are graded like final papers, among other things. But now that this year's project is nearly done, Ah]ers said she's found that improvements have been made and there is real value in the experience. Her bo, ys, she said, learned to write a perfect paper" and recognized the impor- tance of community service -- both of which are life lessons. "There's a learning curve, and it just seems like the school's been working on the project and building on it every year, and now is the time to keep perfectingit," Ahlers said. "I just hate to see three years of plan- ning dropped for the next few years.  According to Martine, the deci- sion will requi're an adjustment period, but that s expected. "The people at Issaquah High have done such a good job and have made the senior project work, and losing that will be a dis- appointment to them," she said. Even so, Aers wishes the timing had been better for this year's sen- iors. 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