School news

Looking up at second floor commons

When students return to Lake Washington High School, they will notice a brand new space as they climb the main staircase. A second floor above the main level of the commons will provide expanded seating for students during lunchtime. The new space, which was constructed during the summer, gives students a bird’s-eye view toward the window in the commons area.

courtyard, exterior, culinary classroom

Construction activities in our final phase at Juanita High School are nearly complete. Interior painting is in progress and furniture is being set up in all the classrooms. Site activities such as paving and landscaping will continue in preparation for the fall opening of Juanita High School Phase 2.

Rose Hill rendering with addition

Construction at Ben Franklin Elementary, Mark Twain Elementary and Rose Hill Elementary is scheduled to begin this summer. The three schools are receiving classroom additions funded by the 2019 Capital Projects Levy.

Updated construction schedules, designs and supply routes will be posted on each school’s project page later this month.

Construction at Rachel Carson Elementary will begin in 2021.

interior, exterior, windows

Exterior brick veneer is complete and painting is about halfway complete inside the Lake Washington High School classroom addition. Crews completed installation of the exterior glass window panels this spring as well as the elevator. The 20-classroom addition is scheduled to open this fall.

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.

Digital Signage at school: Eagle Eye on Sustainability

Energy-efficient design saves money in the long run. To implement energy-efficient features into its construction projects, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) applied for grants from Puget Sound Energy (PSE). The projects received grants that totaled $261,978.

Lake Washington School District (LWSD) staff regularly meets with representatives from Kirkland, Redmond and Sammamish to determine what new housing projects have been permitted and what that will mean for enrollment growth in our schools.

In addition, this year, LWSD worked with Flo Analytics, an outside planning, GIS and data-analytic consulting firm, to prepare long-range enrollment projections. Flo Analytics staff were complimentary of the district’s enrollment projection work to date, including the level of planning and detail they maintained.

exterior, interior classroom, roof

At Old Redmond Schoolhouse, the new roof is complete. Construction crews are also finishing restoration of windows and masonry. Installation of new siding is nearly complete. Inside, painting is complete. Work continues on other aspects of construction, including floors, ceilings and casework. The renovated building is scheduled to open with 10 preschool classrooms this fall.

interior classroom, exterior, bridge

At Juanita High School, construction on Phase 2 is on schedule. The Phase 2 wing has now been connected to the main building. All interior painting is complete and the concrete floor is polished. Carpets and rubber tile flooring are being installed and classrooms are receiving whiteboards and tackable wall panels. Underground utility work is complete. Curbs and sidewalks for the new east parking lot are complete. Landscaping has begun at the site. The second and final phase of the high school is scheduled to open to students this fall.