In other items: Damage set at $180,000 in Redmond fire; city-owned property is site of Carnation sewage plant; parents may meet with Issaquah superintendent; and policy makers sought for Bellevue convention center.

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A committee studying school start times in the Issaquah School District has narrowed the options to two possibilities: keep the current start times or adjust the schedule so that all schools start later.

The Bell Time Study Committee started its work in autumn of 2003, shortly after the district made the start time for secondary schools about 14 minutes earlier than the previous year. That move saved the district about $400,000. But it also raised concerns among some parents that their children would suffer from lack of sleep.

In its second year of work, the Bell Time Study Committee has reviewed everything from transportation funding to research on the connection between sleep and student achievement. Eight possible bus schedules were discussed; last week, the committee put forward two final options.

Members will look more closely at the cost of the two plans at a Jan. 12 meeting. For more information, go to online.


No one hurt; damage set at $180,000 in fire

A five-story apartment building was evacuated Sunday night after a fire broke out in an apartment. No one was injured.

Firefighters responded at about 8 p.m. to the Sixty-01 apartments in the 6700 block of 139th Avenue Northeast. They helped two people out of the smoke-filled building after residents said people could have been trapped inside.

One apartment was damaged by fire, and the entire building was damaged by smoke. Total damage was about $180,000.


City-owned property is site of sewage plant

Carnation’s new sewage plant will be built on the west side of town, at the end of Entwistle Street, King County officials announced yesterday.

County officials considered two locations and chose the 10-acre site owned by the city. They also decided to discharge the water from the plant into a wetland, instead of the Snoqualmie River, assuming they can find the money to pay for it.

The sewage plant, as well as an adjoining sewer system, will replace the septic tanks that serve the city. Construction on the plant is scheduled to begin in mid-2006 and end in late 2007.


Parents may meet with superintendent

In an effort to reach out to parents, students and staff members, Issaquah schools Superintendent Janet Barry will host the second in a string of coffee conversations tomorrow night at district headquarters.

The superintendent plans to set aside one hour each month to answer questions and field comments. The hope is that parents will see these conversations as an opportunity to speak up about the issues that affect their children.

Tomorrow’s chat will run from 4 to 5 p.m. at district headquarters, 565 N.W. Holly St. in Issaquah. For more information, call 425-837-7000.


Policy makers sought for convention center

The city of Bellevue is seeking candidates to fill vacancies on the Bellevue Convention Center Authority Board.

The board is made up of seven members who set policies for the financing and operations of Meydenbauer Center.

Candidates with experience in business, construction, banking, real estate, tourism, lodging or finance are encouraged to apply. Bellevue residency is required. The city manager appoints board members to four-year terms, with the approval of the City Council.

Applications are available at the Information Center and the city clerk’s office at City Hall, 11511 Main St., or by calling 425-452-6805.

The application deadline is Jan. 5, and forms must be delivered or mailed to City Hall. For more information, call Jan Hawn at 425-452-6846.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau