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December 2017
Building on Success

Three Ballot Measures on February 2018 Ballot

Lake Washington School District will have three measures on the February 13, 2018 election ballot. The measures are a bond (the second of four planned bonds to reduce overcrowding and enhance student learning environments), a replacement Capital Projects Levy, and a replacement Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) levy. Read more about these upcoming ballot measures.

Redmond Area Boundary Recommendation Finalized
The district started the work of redrawing attendance boundaries in January 2017. The boundary committee was responsible for developing a recommendation for new attendance boundaries for new schools and to redistribute student enrollment due to overcrowding. Many families and community members provided feedback throughout the boundary process. The committee analyzed all feedback to inform the final recommendation. On Monday, November 20, the LWSD Board of Directors took formal action and approved the adjustment of school attendance areas in the Redmond area. You can review the board-adopted final boundary recommendation here.  


Updates on projects:

Updates on projects
New Elementary School - North Redmond

Construction continues at the New Elementary School in North Redmond. Planning Principal Karen Barker will start meeting with incoming families in early December. One of the first steps the new school community will make is naming the school together. Names for elementary schools in the LWSD are named for deceased persons famous for their work in science, the humanities, letters or education. The New Elementary School in North Redmond’s school mission and vision will directly focus on character development and servant leadership. Incoming families have been sent a link to nominate names. A committee from the planning team will evaluate each submission and select the school’s top recommendations to the School Board to review.  Upon approval, they will be sent to each family to select their top choice. The top choice will be submitted to the School Board on February 5 for their approval in combination with their selection of a mascot and school colors.

The New Elementary School in North Redmond is on schedule to open in Fall 2018.

Aerial photo by Tim Rice Photography.

 

New Elementary School - Redmond Ridge East

Construction continues at the New Elementary School in Redmond Ridge East. Planning Principal Kim Bilanko will start meeting with incoming families in early December. This school community will also take its first steps in building their community by naming the school. Elementary schools in LWSD are named for deceased persons famous for their work in science, the humanities, letters or education. The mission of the New Elementary School in Redmond Ridge East will directly focus on creating global citizens through service learning. Incoming families have been sent a link to suggest names.  A committee from the planning team will evaluate each submission and select their top 6-8 recommendations to send to the School Board for review. Upon approval, top nominations will be sent to each student to select his/her top choice.  The top school name choice will be submitted to the School Board on February 5 for their approval in combination with their selection of a mascot and school colors.

The New Elementary School in Redmond Ridge East is on schedule to open in Fall 2018.

Aerial photo by Tim Rice Photography.

 

New Middle School - Redmond Ridge

Construction also continues at the New Middle School in Redmond Ridge. On November 16, Jed Reynolds, Utility Resource Conservation Manager with LWSD Support Services, was live on the LWSD Facebook page, giving an overview of the geothermal/ground-source heating system being drilled at the New Middle School in Redmond Ridge. A total of 166 holes will be drilled to a depth of 300 feet - about the height of the Statue of Liberty. Water comes out of the ground at about 50 degrees and heat pumps extract the heat to condition the air in the school. The cold water exits the building and goes back to the ground where it warms back up to 50 degrees. It will take about 85 days for workers to finish the wells.

The New Middle School in Redmond Ridge is scheduled to open in Fall 2019.

Watch the Facebook Live video here.           

 

Juanita High School

The rebuild of Juanita High School is in the permitting phase. The project will soon end the design development and document creation stage. Construction will start on the new school this spring.

Aerial photo by Tim Rice Photography.

 

Peter Kirk Elementary School

Kirk Elementary will soon complete the design development phase and then submit documents to the City of Kirkland to permit the project. Updated designs have been added to the school’s project page on the LWSD website. Construction activities are scheduled to start this spring, and the school is expected to be complete in Fall 2019.          

 

Margaret Mead Elementary School

Mead Elementary will also soon complete the design development phase and submit documents to the City of Sammamish to permit the project. It is important to note that the City of Sammamish’s moratorium on construction projects does not include school construction projects. This moratorium will not impact the rebuild and enlarge project for Mead Elementary. LWSD is also working with the Sammamish Parks & Recreation Department to utilize the East Sammamish Park parking lot during the construction process.  

 

Explorer Community School

The covered play area at Explorer Community School has now been installed. This is the final piece of the Explorer Community School project. The school is occupied and students and staff are loving their new space.

 

Old Redmond Schoolhouse

District staff have been working closely with the city on transitioning programs out of the Old Redmond Schoolhouse when their lease ends on May 31, 2018 so that the district can begin its project. The City has been working on finding alternative spaces for their community programs and they informed us that they will have all their users out of the building by the end of March so that they can use the remaining months to remove city property, transfer utilities, etc. Visit the City of Redmond website for more information.

          
 

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