During its July 13 School Board Meeting, Lake Washington School District Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, removed “Rebels” as the Juanita High School mascot. Dr. Matt Livingston, Director of Secondary Education and Juanita High School Principal, Kelly Clapp, will now begin the process outlined in Policy 6970 to select a new mascot.

Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. We say their names not because they are the only three. They are three of many whose lives were taken and sadly, their names are now part of our history as a country that should be better because of the promise that was put forth that all people are created equal.

Lake Washington School District Community:

Over the past week we have watched events unfold across our country that reflect the anger and outrage that has once again been sparked by a senseless and horrific death.



    Dr. Jon Holmen Named the Next LWSD Superintendent

    Will replace Dr. Jane Stavem as of July 1, 2020

    Dr. Jon Holmen

    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.

    Dr. Holmen is currently the Deputy Superintendent of Lake Washington School District. He started his career in 1999 teaching third grade at Benjamin Rush Elementary, located in Redmond, Wash. During his career in Lake Washington, Dr. Holmen has worked in a variety of positions serving students, staff, and families in all regions of the district. Dr. Holmen has served as an Elementary Principal, Associate Director of Special Services, Director of School Support, Associate Superintendent, and, for the last three years, Deputy Superintendent.

    “I am fortunate to have had the tremendous opportunity to grow, learn, and serve alongside outstanding staff, remarkable families, and amazing students,” said Dr. Holmen. “I am humbled and honored to take on the role of Superintendent and continue fostering growth and change as we continue to address the needs of each and every student we serve.”

    Dr. Holmen has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Seattle Pacific University, a Masters in Teaching from City University, a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Seattle Pacific University and a Doctorate of Education from Seattle Pacific University. 

    “We are excited to offer the position of Superintendent to Dr. Jon Holmen,” stated LWSD Board President Siri Bliesner. “Dr. Holmen brings both experience with our district, and in educational leadership, to continue the progress of our district towards meeting our vision of ‘Every student future ready.’” 

    The next step in the process is to finalize an employment contract between the Board and Dr. Holmen.

    Dr. Holmen will replace Dr. Jane Stavem, who has resigned from Lake Washington School District, and is moving to a Superintendent position in Sioux Falls, South Dakota effective July 1, 2020.

    Read the message from Dr. Holmen.


    Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the second-largest district in the state of Washington, with over 31,100 students in 56 schools.