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.
New Elementary School - Redmond Ridge East
Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography
This project is one of the new elementary schools to serve the Redmond Learning Community that was included in the Long-Term Facilities Planning Task Force recommendations. The new school would be built to house 690 elementary students under state-funded class size reductions.
Architect: DLR Group
Contractor: Lydig Construction
Location: Eastridge Drive NE, Redmond Ridge East
Square Footage: 78,000
Spaces: 30 standard classrooms plus music, art/science rooms, ELL/SN/special education, library, cafeteria/commons, gymnasium, and outdoor covered play area
Estimated Project Cost: 43,257,000 (Includes construction costs of $26.5 million in 2016 dollars, $12.7 million in non-construction costs, and $4 million in expected construction inflation)
Planned opening: 2018
Neighborhood boundaries: Boundaries will be developed in a process including public feedback that begins January 2017.
Open House: Good Neighbor Meeting
Work begins soon on the New Elementary School at Redmond Ridge East.
On March 29, 2017, community members attended a “Good Neighbor” open house at Rosa Parks. The main purpose of the meeting was to provide information to individuals living near the project site who may experience noise, dust, construction traffic, or other disruptions during the life of the project.
The first step in construction is site mobilization. That includes erecting temporary fencing around the entire work area and bringing construction trailers and some equipment on site.
Ground broken for two schools in Redmond Ridge
On June 7, Lake Washington School District celebrated milestones in two construction projects: consecutive groundbreakings for a new elementary school in Redmond Ridge East and a new middle school in Redmond Ridge. The first ceremony took place at the elementary school. Half an hour later, the middle school event followed.
Families from the community attended both events along with LWSD Board member Mark Stuart and King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert. Kim Bilanko, planning principal for the new elementary school in Redmond Ridge East, spoke at that groundbreaking. (The planning principal for the middle school will be named next year.)
“It is a time of growth and opportunity for Lake Washington,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. “Today we are quite literally building on success. We are building for today and we are building for the future.”
The 78,000-square foot elementary school is scheduled to open by fall 2018. The larger, 134,000 square foot middle school is scheduled to open a year later, in the fall of 2019. Both schools were funded through a voter-approved bond measure, passed in April 2016.
As part of the Schematic Design phase, a community meeting was held at Rosa Parks Elementary School on June 13. This open-house style meeting gave parents and other community members a chance to view the preliminary designs for the new elementary school and the new middle school to be built in Redmond Ridge. They viewed presentation boards that showed the project schedule, site plan, building plan and views to show what the school will look like. Staff from the architecture firms working on the projects were available to answer questions and get feedback. Attendees provided written feedback on these initial designs.
A similar community meeting was held on September 26 at Rosa Parks Elementary to get additional input during the Design Development phase. This time, the plans and designs reflected the input from community members from the June meeting. Each board listed the specific changes made in response to the input. Attendees also provided additional written feedback into this second round of designs.