All Lake Washington School District students have the right to public education. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Plyler vs. Doe (457 U.S. 202 (1982)) that undocumented children and young adults have the same right to attend public primary and secondary schools as do U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Lake Washington does not ask for or collect immigration status information.
Contact the Board
Communicate with school board members directly via email, mail, telephone or direct testimony
Citizens are welcome to bring a topic or issue to the attention of the school board. There are three primary ways to do so:
- Write to the school board
- Telephone individual board members
- Public Comment at school board meetings
The board also regularly convenes focus groups to learn more about community experiences with the school district.
Write to the school board
All members of the board: email@example.com
Chris Carlson, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Siri Bliesner, Vice President email@example.com
Nancy Bernard, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Laliberte, email@example.com
Mark Stuart, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lake Washington School District
PO Box 97039
Redmond, WA 98073-9739
Telephone board members
Call 425-936-1257 to leave messages for the school board.
Public Comment at School Board Meetings
The board generally meets on Monday twice a month, except for the month of July. They are held at the Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th Street, in Redmond Town Center. Public comment periods are held only during the first meeting of each month. That meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.
Tips on speaking to the board
Your goal should be to raise a specific topic or issue with the school board. Their goal is to listen and learn from the community. They will not respond to testimony that evening. Try to resolve any issues with teachers, school principals, or other district personnel before bringing the issue to the board. The board does not discuss personnel matters at board meetings. Address issues or concerns about individual staff members with the board through letters or phone calls.
Each speaker has three minutes to address the board. That limit enables more people to be heard at each meeting.
Process at the meeting
- Members of the community who wish to speak to the board during the public comment period should sign up before the meeting starts. A sign-up sheet is available at the front-left of the boardroom, usually by 6:45 p.m.
- Please print your name and complete address legibly on the sign-up sheet.
- When the board is ready for public comment, the president will refer to the sign-up sheet and call out the names in the order they appear.
- If a number of people are signed up to speak on the same topic, the board limits the time devoted to a single topic to 30 minutes.
- When your name is called, approach the podium. Speak into the microphone, giving your full name and the school attendance area where you live for the record.
- Please limit your comments to three minutes.
- Be respectful of the board when speaking.
- Be ready to respond to questions from the board if asked
- Address your testimony to the board members, not the audience
- Do not address questions to the board. The board's goal for the public comment period is to hear your concerns, comments and opinions. Questions can be answered through calls or letters to board members.