Construction

Construction crew working on the roof at Audubon Elementary School

The district’s growing enrollment is evidence that LWSD attracts families to the area it serves in Kirkland, Redmond and Sammamish, Washington. To serve that growing enrollment, the district is "Building Excellence." That’s the district’s long-term plan to continue to build schools and to provide quality learning environments and experiences.

Future construction: Building Excellence Plan - Phase 2

At the June 3, 2024, Board Meeting, the Lake Washington School District School Board approved a resolution to place a Building Excellence Capital Construction Levy on the November 5, 2024, ballot. Funding from the construction levy would allow LWSD to address Phase 2 of the Building Excellence Plan to ensure every student in our district has equitable access to safe and modern learning environments. Projects will include:

  • Rebuild and enlarge Alcott Elementary – estimated completion in 2027. 
  • Rebuild and enlarge Kamiakin Middle School – estimated completion in 2029.
  • Rebuild and enlarge Evergreen Middle School – estimated completion in 2031. 
  • Rebuild and enlarge Smith Elementary – estimated completion in 2031.
  • Upgrades and modernization of Fieldhouse and Community Pool at Juanita High School – estimated completion in 2028. 

The recommended funding mechanism for the Phase 2 projects is a six-year Capital Construction Levy that will go to voters in November 2024. Levy collection would begin in 2026.

Current construction: Building Excellence Plan - Phase 1

In February 2022 voters approved this levy to fund school construction to make sure our students have room to learn in our fast-growing district. This levy provides funding to build critical classroom space across our district:

  • Due to change in enrollment since the levy passed, the plan to add a new elementary school on the Redmond Elementary campus was changed to rebuild and enlarge Rockwell Elementary. This change was approved by the LWSD school board. See the press release for more information.
  • Additions at Finn Hill, Kirkland and Redmond middle schools, providing capacity for 600 more students.  
  • Additional high school capacity for about 1,200 more students.
  • Acquisition of property for future schools.  

Past projects

In April 2019, voters approved a capital projects levy that provides: classroom space for over 1,000 students, expansion of commons and gym space at Lake Washington High School and core facilities at elementary schools where feasible, and student security enhancements

In April 2016, voters passed a bond measure to fund eight projects that provided space for 3,000 additional students.

The 2011 capital projects levy added space for 1,100 high school students when the district went to four-year high schools in the fall of 2012. The district added classrooms and auxiliary spaces at two high schools and built one new choice high school. 

Our community’s overwhelming support of the school district’s 2006 Phase 2 modernization bond provided safe and innovative learning environments to students at 10 aging schools and one new school. The schools were built to strict specifications for education, health, safety and efficiency. 

Our community’s overwhelming support of the school district’s 1998 Phase 1 modernization bond provided safe and innovative learning environments to students at 11 aging schools. The schools were built to strict specifications for education, health, safety and efficiency.

How construction is funded

The state does not provide funding for construction of new schools to accommodate student growth and provides limited funding for rebuilding aging facilities. Local districts are responsible for raising their own money and must use two primary sources for funding construction: Bonds and/or capital projects levies.

Due to rapid enrollment growth Lake Washington School District has run a number of ballot measures since 2010 in an effort to reduce overcrowding and address aging facilities.

Learn more about past ballot measures here

Most recent School Technology & Capital Projects Levies