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.



    Lake Washington School District Budget Earns Meritorious Budget Award for Third-Straight Year

    Award reflects District’s goal of fiscal responsibility

    Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District’s (LWSD’s) 2019-20 Budget has earned the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) Meritorious Budget Award (MBA). This award promotes and recognizes excellence in budget presentation in school districts. LWSD has received this award three years in a row. LWSD is the only district in the state of Washington to receive this award.

    “We want our budget documents to be understandable, accessible, and easy to read,” noted Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent. “Our staff works hard to make this happen, and we’re proud to receive this award for a third year as we continue to focus on effective ways to communicate with our community.” 

    “In alignment with our strategic plan goals for effective use of resources, this award reflects our district’s commitment to sound fiscal management and budgetary policies,” said Associate Superintendent of Business and Support Services, Barbara Posthumus. “This budget document helps us to be transparent to our community on how we use their tax dollars.”

    “Districts that apply to the MBA or Pathway to MBA programs recognize the importance of presenting a quality, easy-to-understand budget internally and to the community,” ASBO International Executive Director David J. Lewis explains. “Participating in the MBA and Pathway programs provides districts with important tools and resources they need to communicate the district’s goals and objectives clearly and illustrates their commitment to adhering to nationally recognized budget presentation standards.” 

    You can view the 2019-20 budget on the LWSD website.

    For more information about the Meritorious Budget Award or Pathway to the MBA, visit


    About Lake Washington: 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 nearly 31,100 students in 56 schools.