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Redmond, Wash. – Every ten years, after each U.S. Census is completed, school districts must review the boundaries of their board of director districts to ensure equitable geographic representation. Lake Washington School District is divided into five geographic regions or districts, one for each board seat. Candidates for school board must run for the seat of the director district they live in.

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    Director District Boundary Changes Proposed


    Affects school board elections only, not schools  

    Redmond, Wash. – Every ten years, after each U.S. Census is completed, school districts must review the boundaries of their board of director districts to ensure equitable geographic representation. Lake Washington School District is divided into five geographic regions or districts, one for each board seat. Candidates for school board must run for the seat of the director district they live in. By creating five equal director districts, geographic diversity is ensured on the school board. Each position is elected by all district voters, so each of the five directors represents the entire district in their board actions.  

    These boundaries are completely unrelated to school attendance boundaries: this process will not change any neighborhood school boundaries

    In October 2021, the district contracted with Sammamish Data Systems to develop a proposal for new director district boundaries based on the latest census data. Since the last realignment of director districts, there has been a substantial shift in population growth. Currently, our director districts vary in population from a low of 38,389 in District 1 to a high of 46,864 in District 5. 

    The proposed new director district boundaries would balance these populations so that all five districts would have approximately 43,000 residents. 

    DISTRICT CURRENT POPULATION POPULATION UNDER THE PROPOSAL
    1st 38,389 42,969
    2nd 42,588 42,953
    3rd 43,818 42,982
    4th 43,151 42,970
    5th 46,864 42,936

    A presentation and public hearing on this proposal will be held at the March 7, 2022 school board meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Current and proposed maps are also available on the district website, www.lwsd.org. The first reading of the proposal is scheduled for the March 28, board meeting.  The second reading of the proposal and potential adoption of the proposal is scheduled for the April 18, 2022 board meeting. The board must adopt new director districts by November 15, 2022. 

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    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 over 30,500 students in 57 schools.