|Issaquah School District, District 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Appointed||March 20, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin-Madison|
Meryweather earned a B.A. in Political Science and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has served in recent years on the Clark Elementary PTSA and Issaquah High School PTSA. Meryweather and her husband have two daughters who attended district schools.
Meryweather sought a full term in District 4 against Lisa Callan on November 5, 2013.
|Issaquah School District, Four-year term, District 4, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Alison Meryweather Incumbent||47.9%||9,790|
|Source: King County Elections, "Certified Results," November 25, 2013|
Meryweather reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Meryweather's campaign website listed the following endorsements in 2013:
- Honorable Glenn Anderson
- State Representative Chad Magendanz
- State Senator Steve Litzow
- Tola Marts
- Mike Winkler
- Leigh Stokes
Meryweather's campaign website provided the following themes for her 2013 campaign:
Alison has been a tireless, passionate advocate for public education working in many capacities over many years to bring resources to our schools so that our students can benefit from the best possible education. She strongly believes that our success as a school district is dependent upon an engaged community and has been actively involved since her kids were in preschool. Alison has sought to build relationships and to work collectively to problem solve, whether in her effort to provide art enrichment or lobbying in Olympia. She has demonstrated her long standing commitment to our students and looks forward to continuing those efforts on the school board.
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Incumbent Marnie Maraldo ran unopposed in District 2 for a second term on the board. The District 4 race featured Meryweather running for her first full term against challenger Lisa Callan. Meryweather and Callan were finalists for appointment to the District 4 seat in March 2013 to replace Chad Magendanz.
The district is facing rapid enrollment growth that will force a tax levy vote in February 2014. District schools have experienced a 10.9% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012 according to state enrollment figures. On June 26, 2013, the Board of Directors approved a tax levy vote for February 2014 that would raise funds for capital improvements. This tax levy request includes a $193 million levy for maintenance and operations costs, $51.9 million for new technology investments and $1.7 million for transportation.
About the district
- See also: Issaquah School District, Washington
Issaquah outperforms state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (60.5%) exceeds the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Issaquah's median income at $87,038, while the state median income was $58,890. Issaquah had a poverty rate of 2.8% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Alison + Meryweather + Issaquah + Schools"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Citizens for Allison Meryweather, "About Alison," accessed August 21, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Citizens for Alison Meryweather, "Endorsements," accessed August 21, 2013
- Sammamish Review, "Lisa Callan and Alison Meryweather named final two Issaquah School Board candidates," March 12, 2013
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections," accessed August 21, 2013
- The Issaquah Press, "Early school levy decision welcome," August 20, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Issaquah," accessed August 21, 2013
- King County Elections, "Election Archive," accessed August 1, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014