Background Information:
A recent King5 News story about school ventilation systems has caused some confusion, so we would like to provide you with more comprehensive information regarding our district’s ventilations systems.

One of 325 schools recognized nationwide and only Washington school awarded

Redmond, Wash. – Rosa Parks Elementary School has been named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance. 

Lake Washington School District is pleased to announce the selection of Pablo Ortega as its Director of Equity and Family Engagement. Mr. Ortega is currently the English Language Learner (ELL) and World Languages Program Director for Des Moines Public Schools.



    Capital Projects Levy

    ‚ÄčPurpose of a Capital Projects Levy

    A capital projects levy provides funding for items that require a larger sum to acquire, improve or maintain a school building or a technology solution.

    Technology needs

    The state provides a minimum amount of funding for technology in schools. At the same time, the need for technology in our school district is growing. More and more traditional book-based curricula include digital resources. Other educational software programs can supplement learning or give students who need extra help another way to learn. Classroom technology enables teachers to enhance classroom learning. The district’s Mobile Access for Students program ensures students can use individual computing power that is aimed at learning in class or at home.

    In addition, running a school district creates the same needs for business systems that a corporation with a budget of more than $250 million would need. In fact, those business systems are critical since the district must report to the state, the federal government and to community members how each dollar is spent.

    Increasing dependence on technology, including the use of more than 21,000 student computers, requires increasing amounts of infrastructure, support and staff expertise. Technology support for 29,500 students and 3,300 staff helps keep the district running.

    Facility needs

    Capital projects also ensure that buildings and sites are kept up over time. Major systems like roofs, hot water systems, lighting, and flooring are replaced or upgraded on a life cycle basis. Physical education and athletic facilities can be renovated to ensure safety. Health and safety upgrades to buildings can be installed.

    During phases 1 and 2 of the district’s modernization program, a total of 21 aging school buildings were replaced and/or renovated. There is less need for facilities capital projects as fewer buildings in our district are old enough to reach the end of the life cycles of major systems. However, capital projects are still needed to ensure that major building and site systems are replaced when at the end of their useful life or that upgrades are made for educational or health and safety reasons.

    2018 Capital Projects Levy

    • Replaces the previous levy, which expires at the end of 2018, with no tax rate increase. This levy is on a four-year replacement cycle.
    • Authorizes collection for four years of an annual levy for capital each year.
    • Will expire at the end of 2022.
    • Includes funding for both district facilities and for technology.

    Capital Projects Levy Updates

    WA State Dept of Commerce

    Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is receiving $127,531 from the Washington State Department of Commerce. The grant funds will help replace HVAC controls at five elementary schools, retrofit athletic field lighting at LWSD’s four comprehensive high schools and install heat pumps at the LWSD Support Services Center.
    The Department of Commerce announced the grants on May 20, 2021 as part of $4 million in awards to make