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THE I SSAQUAH PRESS Twenty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 26, June 29, 1983 Iio, Mr. Tough Guy Swick moves in as superintendent of schools Rodi Shemeta Ludlum s a hardness in his face, which is taut and tanned. squint out at the world, as if to bring it into His smile is tight and seems forced. His voice intense, almost menacing. He's not big, but he and power. You wouldn't want to mess like he might be in the Secret Service or the lives of presidents, maybe carrying an under one arm. Instead, he will be Issa- Superintendent of schools in 17 years. He ministration Service Center Friday, July Jim Swick off hard and cold at first, the impression forever. Among friends, Swick laughs and a lot of back-slapping and arm-squeezing. about how he doles out that kind of thing. to strangers, but warms up only when he With those around him. may have warmed up a bit with the School dinner with board members April 21, job interview. Minutes show the board inter- than any of the other four candidates and 26 minutes, to be exact. have insisted all along that even though withdrew after their interviews, their top Would have been Swick from among the four. time is any indication of how the board felt about the candidates, Swick's only rival for the job had the shortest interview of all -- two hours and 15 minutes. Now that he's here, what happens next? Though he will make no sweeping changes over the summer ("I'm going to do a lot of listening") he will have some immediate decisions. He will have to choose a new principal for Sunny Hills Elementary and decide what to do about Briarwood principal Joe Oppie, whose one-year contract expires soon. No decisions has been made about what to do with May Valley Elementary, which closed two weeks ago and will not be needed as a school for many years. This summer he will oversee the expansion of Sunny Hills and the beginning of construction of Phase Two of Liberty High. Farther down the road is the switch to four-year high schools and three-year middle schools, scheduled to begin in the fall of 1984. Beyond that, who knows? Probably no project Swick could take on in Issaquah would rival the jobs he's had in the past. In Omaha, where he was director of Housing and Community Development, he was responsible for the renovation of 14 blocks downtown. That meant drawing up the plans, relocating 120 businesses and raising the money -- all in three years. He was assistant superintendent in the Omaha School District, with 60,000 students. Most recently, he was superintendent in the South Kitsap School District, where he carried out a massive building program in six years. By the time he left the district a year ago, he'd built a high school with facilities better than many colleges, two junior highs, three elementary schools and made major improve- ments on the administration building and an elementary school. Won't Issaquah seem a little tame after the fearsome i challenges of his last few jobs? No problem, says Swick. 'Tve already had the big numbers. That's not what 1 want any more," he says. At 48, what he wants, simply, is to be a dynamic school superintendent. Swick was born and raised in West Virginia and still speaks with a trace of an accent, especially when he gets excited and talks fast. His dad worked in the zinc mills, hellish places where workers clothes got so hot and dry, they sometimes burst into flames. Swick worked in the mills Continued on Page 2 rtsman's Club lease is up; city hopes to move it neighbor. "We just got used City Council to the shooting," said Pat the Issaquah Thompson, of 440 Evans Club but it's not Lane. "The kids make more put it. Part of noise racing up and down the the shot- road than the shooting range on land leased does." and that lease is The city Carol Wainwright, a 12- locate the club year Evans Lane resident, use the land said that the club didn't Administrator bother her but she was con- would be cerned about what the city use" for might put in its place. "I don't want any more traffic on the road than there land, near already is," said Wain- School, is wright. area and the be better Mrs. Ray King, another else. ,homeoff'fier near the gun concerns range, had a slightly different club is too reaction. "I think it's the Kos said, best news I've heard in in years," she said. King, a 20- that is year resident, said she thinks the idea of a gun club in a there, residential area is "totally s, are the city wrong," adding that she and hopes the city finds a new now at location as soon as possible. end of 1st  "It's really hard when you go out in your own back yard to have a quiet picnic and then 1 the problems the shooting starts up." club are dif- sort: Tom Mechler, the gun right next club's president, said he and they other members were all for City. "Con- the move, provided a suitable I(os, "the site is found. "We've got no operating problem with that," said Mechler, "In fact, we've the club, in been trying to move for area, have years." about their "What the city should do now-is renew our lease for another ten years," Mechler said. "Then, when another site is found and approved, we can get together and negotiate." King County Parks and Recreation studied possible sites for a regional sport- sman's club three years ago. Among the nine sites studied was the Issaquah watershed, which includes Lake Tradi- tion. Kerry Anderson, Issaquah Parks and Recreation Direc- tor, said that the county had put away funds for a sports club in the area specified in the study, but later moved the money to a different pro- ject. According to Anderson, at the time the study came out, the City Council had a number of active environ- mentalists. "A lot of people wanted to keep the land up there just like it is," Anderson said. "Now with a different city council, something like this might fly." In order to terminate the gun club's lease, which ran out its ten year term May 1, the city must give the club two years notice. Kos hopes the problems will have found solutions by then, but so far the city is at a loss. "Just about everywhere we've thought of putting the club has had a problem associated with it," he said. "If any one has any suggestions, we'd really appreciate hearing them." The city council will dis- cuss the gun club lease at its next meeting Tuesday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. The Sportsmen's Club may have to find a new home. = ,d Grossonbacher Bros. 614 N,W, 6th Ave, Prtlo,nd, Oroion 97209 'Down Home- celebration starts with noon parade It's time to mosey on down Each team has a 1,000- simmering all day, and an- to Issaquah's "Down pound weight limit. Call nounce winners and run- Home" fourth of July festi- Suzanne Jarvis, 392-1211 ners-up at 4:00. val. The day starts at 11 a.m. to pre-register your team, Other events that will be with a Kid 'n Pet Parade on or sign up at the band- running all day include: Front Street. Anyone in- stand before the event. Town "Jail." -- Any man terested in marching in the 1:00 -- Pie Eating Contest not wearing a beard or cow- parade can contact Belva -- sponsored by "T-Shirts boy hat will be "arrested" by June O'Brion, 392-9256, or Plus" of Crossroads Mall. one of the many "deputies." register at 9:30 at SeaFirst How fast can you eat Or fill out a warrant, and Parking Lot. gooey pie.., neatness have your favorite varmint The parade route is south doesn't count! Age thrown in jail for lS minutes. on Front St., to Sunset Way groups: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, Issaquah School of Art and into Memorial Field. 14-16, and adult. $1 entry sponsors a Pantomine and Ribbons for the following fee. Win a T-shirt touting Art Workshop. Also categories: best "Down your victory, available are pony rides, Home" theme, best Inde- 2:00--Toddler Beauty horseshoe tournament, moon pendence Day theme, best Pageant -- ages 2-5. Put walk, spin art, face painting, decorated vehicle, best per- your little one in a bathing puppets, relay races and formance, best owner/pet suit and watch them strut- games. There will be plenty costume. All other events their-stuff around the of gut-bustin' good food take place after the parade in pool. Prizes in many concessions, so come MemorialField: categories, including hungry! talent! 25 entry fee. 12:00 -- Independence Day 2:30 -- Open Mike -- The music will play all day Ceremonies at the Bands- Local talent is invited to provided by that foot- tand. take over the bandstand stompin' award-winnin' 12:00--Chili Cookoff Be- and entertain the town bluegrass band, Skyline gins -- all serious chili with singing, dancing, Drifters, as well as the sweet cookers are welcomed to skits, or comedy routines, stylins' of Bruce Stone. compete in this event 3:00- Beard Contest - The fifth annual "Down sponsored by the Issaquah Start preening, fellas. Home" Fourth of July is Press and sanctioned by Judging for Longest, Fan- sponsored by the Issaquah the Chili Appreciation So- ciest, Whitest, Worst, and Celebrations Commission ciety International. Best-all-around Beards. with support from Destina- Trophies for best chili and Our female judges can't tions Unlimited, Fisher showmanship. For more wait to get their hands in Meats, Harwood's, lssaquah details contact Brian at your whiskers. Press, K.C. Foods, Mark-it 392-6434. 3:00-- Chili Cookoff Foods, Shear Experience, 12:30 -- Team Tug-of-war Judging -- Judges will Cisco at Studio 185, T-Shirts -- Flex your muscles and pickup samples of that Plus, Welcome Wagon, and pull your team to victory. "Big Red" that's been y'all! Park board wants s 16,000 to plan a city airfield by Debbi L. Romano Western Washington intern The Park Board will ask the city to spend $16,000 to draw up a park plan for 80 acres of state land east of Lake Sammamish State Park. Park Board Chair Mike Warning will ask the City Council for the funds at its July 5 meeting. The study would be done by the ORB Organization of Renton. For about four years, the Issaquah Soccer Club has had a lease with the state on a number of soccer fields there. The club's lease is up in 1984. Anticipating this, the city parks department asked the state a year and a half ago if it could take over a long-term r Center director looks or new avenues o support lease on the property. creation Commission agreed in principle to a 25-year lease [ROberts ly written and has scored low for a number . p.e pie until til now, tt receptionist, ing the best bids for the fund- good business." with the city, on the condi- tgo, the King against bids from other they can nno outsme employ- cook and van driver had ing was probably the most Troutman said she would tions that the property title of Aging re- senior centers in the county, ment. worked for the center part- responsible thing to do. "1 like to see the Issaquah would never be handed over "Some of the terms in Issa- quah's bid were vague," the program director said, "arid didn't stand a chance against some of the other bids, done by professional grant writers." In addition, the director said that state and county of- ficials were concerned that positions at Issaquah's center had been held by the same people for too long. Accord- ing to the director, those po- sitions are supposed to pro- vide short-term employment The "outside employ- ment" suggested by the county was usually a job so far from Issaquah that it was out of the question, says Issa- quah's senior center director. Valley for em- and forced its free July 5. county renewal for nist and van for additional t turned time, paid by funds chan- can see where they've got to neled through the mayors of- be accountable when dealing rice or received directly from with taxpayers' money," she the state. Since the cut, how- said. "I'm just glad we had ever, Senior Services and the funding as long as we Centers, an umbrella agency did." which distributes United She pointed out the cen- Way money, has agreed to ter's dependency on state and pa.y for the cook. "We'll COUnty agencies had left them have our lunch program open to problems like the back, one way or another," funding loss. "We don't Troutmansaid. know if they'll have the Troutman said she under- money; they don't know if stood why the funding was they'll have the money- We lost, adding that from a came out OK this time, but county-wideperspective, tak- just barely, and that's not "It's not easy for people in this area to take jobs in Seat- tle or somewhere like that," said Tommie Troutman, "But those are the jobs the state and county continue to try to place our employees at." Troutman said that up un- Valley Senior Center become more independent of outside funding. Such independence, she explained, would guaran- tee seniors in the area that services, such as the lunch program, would not depend entirely on the decisions of outside agencies. "When you lose a source of funding, you tend to work harder to find more," Trout- man said. "And we'd like to be able to look to Issaquah for some of that support." to the city, the land would be used only for recreation and the city would draw up a plan showing exactly how it was going to use the land. The Park Board wants to build ballfields, jogging trails, tennis courts, bike paths and a recreational air- port on the land. The airfield would be mov- ed from its present site, across 56th Street, into the park. It would not be ex- panded. It would be used for skydiving, gliders and motorized gliders -- in fact, the same things it is used for now, Warning said. The ORB Organization re- quested a fee of $16,000 for its consulting duties, which include drawing up a com- prehensive ' plan, complete with alternatives, and super- vising the contractors. The proposed project could also be a source of revenue for the city. Board member Jim Aguirre said a project like this could bring in $30,000 to $40,000 per year from people who rent the fields and use the airfield. Jerry Ruhl, a board member and president of the lssaquah Soccer Club, noted this potential income source could be used to develop other parks in the city. [!very Thursday is Bachelor's Night 5to7p.m in the Lounge z price well drinks and complimentary hot hors d'oeuvres ISSAQUAH Exit 15 off 1-90 392.6421 pro- said d was poor-