Seahawk Blitz joins the Muir Elementary Turkey Trot

It was all smiles and high fives at John Muir Elementary when the Seahawk Blitz joined students at the 17th Annual Turkey Trot. This event took place during lunch recesses and promotes the importance of physical fitness and activity.



2018 Bond and Levies

Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is planning for three ballot measures to go before voters in the district on February 13, 2018:
a bond and two replacement levies.


  • The second of four planned measures
  • Provides funding for the construction of new schools and classrooms needed to address growing student enrollment

Capital Levy

  • Replaces the 2014 levy, which expires at the end of 2018
  • Provides funding for district technology and facilities not funded by the state

Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy

  • Replaces the 2014 EP&O levy, which expires at the end of 2018
  • Provides funding for important programs and operations not funded by the state

Bonds for Building, Levies for Learning

Why do we need a bond?

LWSD is rapidly growing. Our current 2017-18 enrollment is 29,572 students. We are the 3rd largest district in Washington State and this year marks our 10th straight year of enrollment growth. Between 2010-2017, we have grown an average of 700 students per year!

Enrollment Growth graph, 1998-2018

We need additional schools and classrooms to meet our growing enrollment. In 2016, voters passed the first of four planned bond measures that will fund necessary school construction projects through the 2029-2030 school year. These projects were recommended by a citizen-based community task force. The 2018 bond continues to implement the task force plan to build more schools, reduce overcrowding, reduce reliance on portables and address aging school facilities.

Why do we need levies?

Every four years, LWSD runs two levies. The Capital Project Levy funds facility and technology needs not funded by the State. The Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy funds programs, operations, and course offerings not funded by the State.

Capital Projects Levy: Facilities

Building & System Improvements

  • Heating/ventilation systems, water, lighting
  • Roofing replacement, insulation
  • Flooring, door locks, paint

Site Improvements, including Athletic & Play Fields

  • Walkways, parking, drainage, parking/site lighting
  • Stadium turf, all-weather fields, tennis courts, tracks
  • Bleachers, storage, fencing, signage

School & Program Improvements

  • Portables
  • Learning space configuration
  • Lifecycle playground equipment

Code, Compliance, Health & Safety

  • Fire alarms
  • Lockdown hardware/window treatments
  • Security systems
  • ADA access
  • Site access, vehicle flow, student drop off/pick up access
Capital Projects Levy: Technology

Technology Infrastructure & Support

  • Network security, servers, cloud storage
  • Operating systems, phone/voice systems


  • Student computers
  • Staff computers
  • Classroom technology, interactive/visual, audio/sound systems
  • Security cameras
  • Lifecycle printers

Instructional Software & Support Systems

  • Instructional software
  • Library databases
  • Learning management systems

Business & Technology Systems

  • Student information system
  • Family/home and community communication systems
  • HR/personnel systems
  • Nutrition/food services systems
  • Data analytics

Technology Training & Professional Development

  • Staff training
  • Professional learning/technology integration
Educational Programs & Operations Levy (EP&O)

Staffing for Programs, Safety & Security

  • Certificated and classified staff for Special Education, Highly Capable and English Learner programs
  • Substitutes, nurses, health room staff, campus security staff

Professional Learning

  • New Teacher Support Program
  • Five (5) professional learning days in August
  • Training, workshops, in-service, professional fund, professional learning

Athletics & Extracurricular Activities

  • Athletic Directors, coaches, trainers
  • Activity Advisors

Additional Course Offerings

  • 7-period day to support 24 credit graduation requirement
  • Summer learning programs

Early Learning

  • Head Start, Ready Start and Special Education preschool

Impact on LWSD Tax Rate

The total tax rate for all three measures will be reduced from the current amount of $3.16 per $1,000 of assessed value to $2.93 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Per $1,000 of Assessed Value

Table showing the impact of the 2018 Bond and Levies on the total tax rate


LWSD Bonds: Past, Present & Future

White check markApril 2016

$398 million
Adds space for 3,000 students

  • Rebuild & enlarge Juanita High School
  • Rebuild & enlarge Kirk Elementary
  • Rebuild & enlarge Mead Elementary
  • Build new RLC middle school in Redmond Ridge
  • Build new RLC elementary in Redmond Ridge
  • Build new RLC elementary in North Redmond
  • Refurbish Old Redmond Schoolhouse for preschool
  • Replace Explorer portables with modulars
  • Complete other capital projects for Title IX and/or ADA

Follow the status of the 2016 Bond projects

Map marker that says "We are here"February 2018

$299 million
Adds space for 2,100 students

  • Addition at Lake Washington High School
  • One new LWLC elementary
  • Remodel or replace and enlarge Kamiakin Middle School
  • ELC/RLC Choice High School
  • Remodel or replace and enlarge Alcott Elementary
  • Special Education learning spaces
  • Land
  • Site-specific capital projects/contingency


  • LWLC Choice High School
  • One new LWLC elementary
  • One new RLC elementary
  • Remodel or replace and enlarge Evergreen Middle School
  • Preschool space
  • Special Education learning spaces
  • Land
  • Site-specific capital projects/contingency


    • Addition at Finn Hill Middle School
    • Remodel or replace and enlarge Smith Elementary
    • Special Education learning spaces
    • Land for future projects
    • Potential future projects TBD
    • Site-specific capital projects/contingency