ISSAQUAH - Students fear an alternative high school will be closed after the 2014-2015 school year. The Issaquah School District is considering a proposal to close Tiger Mountain Community High School.
"They treat me so well and I don't know what I would do without Tiger and I don't want it to go away,” said junior Kendall Reep.
The district will move Tiger Mountain into portables next year so construction can start on other school projects. District spokesperson Lorraine Michelle said the school board will discuss a plan to close the school permanently and build a new high school with a different education model.
"We are not graduating enough students currently from our alternative high school," said Michelle.
In 2012, voters approved a $219 million construction bond to upgrade schools across the district. On the district website, Tiger Mountain is listed as a school scheduled to be relocated and renovated “to expand district-wide career and technical training.”
Michelle said the new proposal does not alter the bond because the money allocated to Tiger Mountain will build the new school at the same location.
"The bond is about the capital piece of it. It is not the program operational piece of it," said Michelle.
Several students hope the plan is rejected because they believe Tiger Mountain offers them the best opportunity to earn a diploma.
"We've been told a lot of stuff and it is really hard to believe what they are going to go through with anymore," said student Ivy Catlin.
The Issaquah School Board will discuss the proposal at a meeting at 6:00pm Wednesday. A final decision is not expected until this Spring.