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MIHS grad Wood kicks six for USC
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Next MISD Board meeting Thursday The Board of Directors of the Mercer Island School District will meet again on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. On the agenda is the continued discussion of the facilities planning, in addition to a review of the district’s state test results.
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Come and find out about Girl Scouts Find out about Girls Scouts at an information session between 3 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Mercer Island Library. Discover more about what Girl Scouts is, meet some current volunteers and members, and learn what events are coming up and how to join. For more information, contact Elizabeth at (206) 240-9906.
Health care reform discussion The Mercer Island Historical Society will sponsor a talk by Islander Chuck Wischman, M.D., concerning ‘health care reform and what you need to know’ at their next regular meeting at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. All are welcome.
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Jeff Borgida, general manager at Republic Services, the company that collects trash and recycling on the Island, is pictured at the company’s new Material Recovery Facility in Seattle. See the full story on page 14.
Deciding configuration of MI schools is Rubik’s Cube puzzle MISD facility planning discussions continue with teacher, public input By Megan Managan
During a two-and-a-half-hour study session on Thursday evening, the Mercer Island School District Board of Directors continued their discussion of the North Mercer Campus and planning for future schools and improvements. For the first time, the board took input from the public at the end of the meeting and heard from principals and teachers on the challenges facing them in their current buildings. “I want to reiterate that these numbers are not bond numbers,”
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said MISD Superintendent Gary Plano at the beginning of the meeting. “This is to help us figure out what set of options we think the public should weigh in on. We’ve heard from Mary Jo at IMS that the $7.1 million budget option won’t work because they would need a bigger lunch room.” If the district was to build a new elementary school, the middle school will need some work to make it big enough to house more students, as the building is already at capacity. One option is to build a new addition to add 14 classrooms, taking the place of the portables on the campus and adding a few new rooms. That option has a generalized price tag of $7.1 million, based on estimates from the architectural firm Mahlum. However, Islander Middle School
principal Mary Jo Budzius told the board that simply adding 14 classrooms wouldn’t solve the building’s core issues, which is that there is simply not enough space in common areas. “It doesn’t fix the space issues or solve the education issues we have now,” she said. “My gut reaction would be to not do anything and don’t spend $7.1 million on that. I have a hard time spending voters’ money on something that doesn’t solve the problem.” Currently, the school has just over 1,000 students in a building designed to hold 875 students. Due to the increased number of students, the school operates three lunches, one of 320 students and two with 350 students, in a lunch
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The Mercer Island High School varsity girls soccer team will take on Sammamish on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Islander Stadium. The girls volleyball team is also in action, hosting Interlake in a match that begins at 7 p.m. in the MIHS gym. The Friday MIHS football game against Lake Washington is up for KIRO 7’s game of the week. Learn more on page 10.
MIHS girls soccer, volleyball at home Thursday evening
Mercer Island High School graduate and University of Southern California freshman, Alex Wood,was responsible for scoring six points during the USC win over Syracuse on Saturday, Sept. 8. Wood, who graduated from MIHS in June, joined the team as a walk-on kicker this fall and played in his first game with the No. 2-ranked Trojans. Wood stepped in on Saturday after kicker Andre Heidari suffered a knee injury during the season opener against Hawaii. Wood played soccer for Mercer Island and was the kicker for the MIHS football team. He kicked six times for USC during the 42-29 win, in a game that was delayed for severe weather that rolled through New Jersey and New York over the weekend. USC will take on Stanford in the Pac12 opener on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Trojans are currently 2-0.
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