When schools closed in March, the traditional end-of-year band concerts that showcase a year’s worth of practice and progress were effectively canceled. Rose Hill Middle School (RHMS) Band Instructor, Angela Laulainen got creative during the remote learning period and had her students record their parts at home.
Lake Washington High School addition
New classrooms at Lake Washington High School are almost ready for carpet and a final coat of paint. Construction at the school will also include expansion of the Commons and an auxiliary gymnasium.
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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.
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.
Architect: McGranahan Architecture
Contractor: Lydig Construction
Location: 12033 NE 80th St, Kirkland, WA 98033
Spaces: 20 classrooms, including general, science, CTE and teacher planning spaces; auxiliary gymnasium and commons space
Current Portables: 10 classroom portables currently at LWHS will be relocated to Rose Hill Middle School, Kirkland Middle School and Inglewood Middle School after construction
Planned opening: New classrooms: Fall 2020; Auxiliary gymnasium and commons space: Fall 2021
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