Sammamish Forum Oct. 9
October 10, 2013
Support the Lake Washington bond
The City Council of Sammamish needs to step up and endorse the proposed Lake Washington School District bond and levy package. We live in a nationally recognized city that values families, good schools, engaged parents, supportive community organizations and high property values. Sammamish is projected to grow in population as is the rest of Lake Washington School District. Just this fall, there were 800 new students in this school district. As a temporary measure, some students were moved to a different school in the Redmond Ridge area. Another 4,200 new students are projected over the next eight years. Without more school buildings, no boundary changes, temporary or otherwise, will allow for effective learning in our schools with this additional student population. The majority of the proposed tax increase supports the building of new schools to seat this increase in students. While the impact fees paid by developers typically cover the cost of new property, the school district still needs to raise funds to cover the cost of the new buildings. The bond and levy package is a good balance of supporting our current programs, infrastructure, building renovation and new construction. For the average homeowner, it is barely more than $1 a day.
Lake Washington School District has a long history of being a good steward of our tax money. As a Sammamish resident and parent to three children in our schools, I want to ensure that all of our children get a quality education and that their schools are not overcrowded. I thank the City Council for taking time to learn about the levy and bond package and I encourage them to endorse these measures. We all benefit from an excellent school system, as parents, home owners and community members.
Support for Lisa Callan
When Lisa Callan told me she planned to run for a position on the Issaquah School Board, I was excited both for the Issaquah School District and for Lisa. Lisa has realistic, implementable and compelling ideas; she is a collaborative team player; and she is dedicated to having a positive influence on this district and the education it provides. Lisa brings skill, thought, intelligence and integrity to every table; her glass is always half full.
Lisa Callan has a knack for putting new ideas into action. As vice president of programs for the Grand Ridge PTA, Lisa implemented two new programs: Grizzly Guys, a group of fathers and men who encourage male participation in school activities; and the Cultural Diversity Council, a group of multicultural parents who create and implement a weekly cultural curriculum for Grand Ridge students. Lisa also brought the Bellevue Art Museum’s Art of Discovery Project to Grand Ridge. This traveling exhibit showcases art pieces created by Northwest artists and provides a corresponding curriculum for elementary-aged students.
Speaking as a parent and as a teacher in the district, I want someone like Lisa Callan on my district’s school board. She is accessible and approachable; she keeps the best interests of the district’s community, staff, parents, and students in mind; and she cooperates with other leaders to find common ground and implementable solutions.
Vote Lisa Callan for Issaquah School Board Nov. 5.
Fix Inglewood Hill Road
How many months will the tax paying citizens of Sammamish have to drive on the poorly patched lanes of Inglewood Hill Road in front of the new housing development? The developer has dug multiple trenches down and across this heavily traveled road and then, maybe to save a few bucks, did an incredibly poor job of patching it. We, the residents, have to drive on a road that feels like a washboard road in the backcountry. The developer should fix the problem and patch the road correctly. The taxpayers of Sammamish (and our vehicles) shouldn’t have to pay the price while the developer builds his housing development. He will profit and we will have to pay for car repairs.
And now I see there will be roadwork on Inglewood Hill Road between 216th and 228th. Will we get the same poor work done on that section too? We can hardly wait.
should take Klahanie
I was involved with Sammamish incorporation efforts to become a city. We did it so we could have a greater impact by having a hands on approach of local government, and I think we have done a pretty good job of getting our new city off the ground and running. I can understand Klahanie’s desire to do likewise. I do feel that Sammamish would do a better job as a city government for Klahanie than Issaquah.
Issaquah’s annexation efforts got me to thinking that the plans of Issaquah’s city government will not have the best interest of Klahanie citizens at heart. Issaquah’s expansion interests could be related to the analogy of parts of a dog where Klahanie could be the hind leg of the dog and the highly developing areas such as the Issaquah Highlands will be the tail that will, in this case, truly wag the dog. Klahanie residents would be far better off being part of Sammamish where the city government is focused on the citizenry of Sammamish and not the demands of a big business area, such as The Issaquah Highlands.