All you need to know about the upcoming levy vote

The Mercer Island School District has proposed renewing the capital projects/technology and transportation levies, which is set for a special election vote on Feb. 9. Both propositions simply replace expiring levies and allow MISD to pay for needs that are not fully covered by state funding. If the one-year transportation levy renewal passes, the District says it will fund new school buses equipped with propane … Continue reading All you need to know about the upcoming levy vote

Total Strangers and Generous Neighbors Share the Holiday Spirit

The recent heavy rains triggered several landslides on Mercer Island. One significant landslide caused the steep rear yard of an Ellis Pond neighborhood home to collapse, eroding the dirt near the home as it sent trees and severed sewage pipes down the steep hillside. The family’s home was “red-tagged” by the city inspector, meaning it was condemned and deemed unsafe for habitation. Some homes lower on the hillside, … Continue reading Total Strangers and Generous Neighbors Share the Holiday Spirit

Mercer Island Families in Need

According to the most recent Mercer Island School District Annual Report, 3.7 percent of the 4,318 students in the district are provided free or reduced-price meals. In other words, approximately 50 high school students are eligible for subsidized meals. To qualify for the National School Lunch Program, a family of four must earn less than $825 per week. With Craigslist advertising modest two-bedroom apartments on the Island with a … Continue reading Mercer Island Families in Need

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Parking Misconceptions at MIHS Explained

While ongoing construction at Mercer Island High School has sparked many rumors about a parking shortage, the truth is, the City of Mercer Island requires that MIHS maintain the same total number of parking spaces during and after construction. The spaces, however, can be reallocated among faculty, staff, visitors, and students by school administration. According to MIHS Principal Vicki Puckett, there were 150 spaces dedicated to … Continue reading Parking Misconceptions at MIHS Explained