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Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Board of Directors has selected Dr. Jon Holmen to be the next Lake Washington School District Superintendent. They announced their decision on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District has been following guidance from Public Health in an effort to stay open as long as possible. In light of the current information shared today by our elected officials, we believe it is time to plan for alternative ways to serve our community and families. 

In collaboration with our School Board of Directors and our Lake Washington Education Association, we have made the decision to close all schools from March 12 through March 27, and re-evaluate any further closures during that time. 

In light of today’s news about a King County resident’s death related to the Coronavirus (or COVID-19), and that additional cases are anticipated, we wanted to reach out to share what Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is doing to monitor and prepare for a potential increase in frequency of the Coronavirus in our schools.  

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    Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

    Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

    Dr. Jane Stavem serves as Chief Executive Officer. She provides strategic vision, leadership and direction to Lake Washington School District. Dr. Stavem is a skilled education leader with 28 years of experience in public education. On August 1, 2018, she became Lake Washington School District’s 12th superintendent.

    Dr. Stavem came to Lake Washington from Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska. There, she served as the Associate Superintendent for Instruction, overseeing nine departments and supporting a rapidly growing district of 41,000 students in the Capital City of Nebraska.

    Dr. Stavem started her career in St. Paul, Minnesota where she taught K-6 music, fifth and sixth grades, gifted education, and served as a building curriculum coordinator. In 2001, she returned to Nebraska and assumed the roles of Elementary Principal and Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Columbus Public Schools, and Superintendent of Blair Community Schools in Blair, Nebraska.

    She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Bethel University, a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Bethel University, an administrative licensure degree from St. Mary’s University, and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

    During her tenure, Lincoln Public Schools launched a new Career Academy, a three-year technology integration plan providing a one-to-one environment for students in grades 3-12, and numerous collaborative partnerships supporting innovative teaching and learning initiatives. She was instrumental in redesigning three alternative schools to more effectively serve students in grades PreK-12 with significant behavior needs.

    Dr. Stavem is a published author in the area of student mobility, and provides ongoing training for schools to develop consistent transition plans and practices. She was recently named as one of Lincoln’s “Inspiring Women” and is a frequent speaker and presenter at local and national conferences.