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Redmond, Wash. – On April 30, 2020, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) sold a total of $118.85 million of tax-exempt refunding bonds, which will refinance $134 million of its existing debt, to take advantage of lower market interest rates. The refinancing will save the District’s taxpayers more than $18.6 million over the next nine years.

Redmond, Wash. – The State Board of Education (SBE), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) have identified 391 schools statewide to receive recognition. Schools in Washington stand out for closing gaps, showing growth, and demonstrating achievement according to new data released by the state.



    Tour new Lake Washington School District buildings during Open House events

    Four schools designed to enhance learning, conserve natural resources 

    Redmond, Wash. – Join Lake Washington School District (LWSD) for Open House events at its four new schools. A new middle school at Redmond Ridge – Timberline Middle School – opened its doors to students for the first time on September 3. It provides space for an additional 900 students in the district. Students at two elementary schools are also learning in rebuilt and enlarged buildings this year. Peter Kirk Elementary (Kirkland) and Margaret Mead Elementary (Sammamish) both have capacity for 690 students. At Juanita High School, students are taking classes in Phase 1 of the new building and temporary portables. Phase 2 will open in fall 2020.

    Open Houses for these four projects are in October and November: 

    • Timberline Middle School: Saturday, October 12; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      9900 Redmond Ridge Dr. N.E., Redmond 98053
    • Peter Kirk Elementary: Thursday, October 24; 4 - 7 p.m.
      1312 6th St., Kirkland 98033
    • Juanita High School (Phase 1): Saturday, October 26; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      10601 N.E. 132nd St., Kirkland 98034
    • Margaret Mead Elementary: Thursday, November 14; 4 - 7 p.m.
      1725 216th Ave N.E., Sammamish 98074

    “We are so grateful for the support of our community, and we hope everyone will take the opportunity to come and see these new learning spaces,” stated Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent. “These schools represent the collective efforts of many people who were part of the process to envision, design and build great facilities that allow our students and staff to do their best work.”

    At Juanita High School, the community is welcome to try out the acoustic design of the stage in the new Performing Arts Center. Times are available on October 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please note, no amplification or microphones will be available. Sign-ups will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis:

    Spaces for learning
    Timberline Middle School features 24 standard classrooms in addition to classrooms for music, art, lab science, special education and CTE classes. There is also a library, cafeteria/commons, gymnasium, track and tennis courts. 

    The two elementary schools (Margaret Mead and Peter Kirk) feature 30 standard classrooms, plus a music and art/science classroom. There are spaces for English learners, safety net and special education. Each school has a library and a commons/gymnasium. 

    Learning will extend beyond the walls of the traditional classroom at all the schools. Glass doors slide or fold out to shared learning spaces in each classroom pod. These flexible spaces increase opportunities for collaboration and reflect an emphasis on project-based learning.

    Each school has SMART interactive boards in its classrooms and shared learning spaces. Students interact with these electronic panels much like they would their own touch devices.

    Sustainable design
    With LED lights and geothermal temperature control, students will learn in schools designed to conserve resources as well as enrich learning. Sustainable geothermal loops will help keep the building a comfortable temperature. Water in the pipes warms (or cools) underground before returning to the surface. The heat is extracted to help control the temperature in the schools.

    Conservation helps the environment and it also helps the district save money. In addition to energy savings from the geothermal heat system, occupancy sensors in each room turn lights off when no one is in the room.

    Building materials were selected to reduce maintenance costs. Recycled materials were used where possible to reduce the impact on the environment. The schools feature wooden benches crafted with reclaimed wood from the sites.

    Building on Success
    These new schools are four of eight bond projects approved by voters in April 2016. This program, known as Building on Success, is providing needed space for 3,000 students.

    To ensure cost-effective design and efficient use of space – as outlined by the Long-Term Facilities Task Force – the district assembled a panel of local experts to weigh in on the 2016 bond projects as they were developed. This Design and Construction Advisory Committee provided advice on each project during design development, and provided feedback on schedules, budget, materials, site layout, risk mitigation and more. LWSD is one of the fastest growing districts in the state. Between 2008-2018, student enrollment grew 26 percent.

    Timberline Middle School was designed by McGranahan Architecture and built by Lydig Construction. Peter Kirk Elementary was designed by Studio Meng Strazzara and built by Lease Crutcher Lewis. Margaret Mead Elementary was designed by BLRB Architects and built by Lease Crutcher Lewis. Juanita High School was designed by Integrus Architecture and is being built by Cornerstone Contractors. Construction management services were provided by OAC Services.


    About Lake Washington School District:
    Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with nearly 30,000 students in 55 schools.

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