This spring, Rush Elementary School students participated in the school’s 12th annual Young Author’s program. Students worked to write and illustrate a book on the topic of their choice.
Superintendent Message - April 2018
Dear LWSD Families,
Spring is a time of new beginnings. Like seasons, organizations and people change, and the 2018-19 school year will be a time of change and new beginnings for Lake Washington School District and for me. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Lake Washington School District Superintendent for the past six years, and I have decided it is the right time for me to step out of the role of superintendent and into a different role within the organization.
I am grateful for the talented and dedicated team of professional educators who work in this district, and I am very proud of what we have accomplished together over these past six years. Together we:
- Successfully and smoothly shifted to a K-5 elementary, 6-8 middle school, and 4-year high school system;
- Developed a Strategic Plan with goals and targets aligned to our mission and vision for students;
- Tackled our space challenges with a series of boundary changes;
- Engaged the community in a long-term facility planning process, finally passed a bond, and we are building new schools to accommodate our ever-growing enrollment;
- Passed Educational Programs and Operations and Capital Technology Levies in 2014 and 2018;
- Established a District Equity Team and we are taking concrete steps to address achievement and opportunity gaps for our students;
- Reached a 93% graduation rate (the highest amongst large districts in the state);
- Earned the Meritorious Budget Award;
- Continued to work to engage parents, staff and community in the district and in decisions that affect them and their students; and,
- Fostered strong relationships with PTSA, city, community, and business leaders.
As many of you know, I have devoted my entire career to Lake Washington. For 23 years I have served this district faithfully in a variety of roles including teacher, principal, director, associate superintendent, deputy superintendent, and superintendent.
I truly love this district and the work that we do, and I am excited to continue to serve the district in a new role as I enter the next season of my career. As a lifelong educator, I am very passionate about fulfilling our district vision of Every Student Future Ready. By assuming the role of Director, College and Career Readiness I will be able to focus all my time, talent and energy on helping every single student reach this vision. I look forward to continuing to develop district systems for engaging students in Career and Technical Education and WANIC coursework; in building opportunities for internships and externships for students; and in continuing to cultivate relationships with community and business partners to benefit our students. My strong relationships with city, community, and business leaders will be very beneficial is this role.
While this is a good time for me to make a change, it is also a good time for the organization as the Board looks ahead to renewing our strategic plan, developing a new educational specification and long-term facility strategy, and taking policy governance work to the next level. I have enjoyed working closely with past and present Board members for the past eleven years as Associate Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, and Superintendent.
The change will take effect July 1, 2018, and the Board is beginning the process to identify a new superintendent. In the days and weeks ahead, the Board will be providing updates to the community. I look forward to continuing my service to Lake Washington School District, to supporting a new superintendent as he or she assumes the role, and to continuing to serve students and ensure they graduate Future Ready.
Dr. Traci Pierce
Lake Washington School District