LWSD recommends repurposing levy funds to add a gymnasium to the east side high school project (Site 59) 

LWSD recommends repurposing levy funds to add a gymnasium to the east side high school project (Site 59) 

Adds flexibility in high school educational programming at new site in Sammamish 

Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District (LWSD) has proposed repurposing levy funds from the 2022 Building Excellence Construction Levy. These funds would be used to build a gymnasium at Site 59. These funds are being reallocated from planned program contingency that is not needed to complete existing projects. Contingency funds have been set aside should construction costs inflate beyond current estimates for the 2022 Building Excellence Construction Levy projects.

Site 59 is a property the district owns in Sammamish and is the location of the district’s project to add space for 600 high school students on the east side of the district. This site is across the street from Metropolitan Market, in front of the Eastside Catholic property. You can learn more about this project here.

Adding this gymnasium will:

  • Provide students with access to physical education given movement and exercise are essential to our core standards and curriculum 
  • Provide maximum flexibility in determining educational programming at Site 59 
  • Allow students to participate in athletics and activities on campus
  • Allow the entire student body to gather in a single space for positive events such as assemblies 
  • Allow for events that create community such as dances or other types of activities 
  • Add a valuable community resource to the Sammamish Community 
  • Avoid future cost escalation by building the gymnasium now
  • Would be completed in the same timeline as the other parts of the school for occupancy in September 2025

Planning is also underway to determine the specific educational program for this new high school. This facility is scheduled to open in Fall 2025.

"Lake Washington School District is committed to ensuring that our facilities support the instructional needs of future students," said Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent. "As a result, we know that there is added value to having a gymnasium space in our grade 9-12 campuses. That is why we are asking our Board to approve this change in the use of 2022 Building Excellence Construction Levy funds to accomplish our goal of excellence in education for each student."

District staff originally shared this proposal with the School Board at their September 11 study session. A formal proposal was presented at the School Board meeting on October 2, 2023. The School Board will vote on this proposal at their board meeting on Monday, October 23 at 7 p.m. 

Planning for the 2022 Building Excellence Construction Levy began in 2019 and was finalized in 2021. 
While prior resolutions allowed funds to be used on any capital project, given the addition of a gymnasium to the Site 59 High School Project, this is being brought for board action. Resolution 2361, redirecting construction levy funds, will be placed on the October 23, 2023 agenda for board action. The proposed resolution is available here

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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 30,000 students in 56 schools. 

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