Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Board of Directors has selected Dr. Jon Holmen to be the next Lake Washington School District Superintendent. They announced their decision on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District has been following guidance from Public Health in an effort to stay open as long as possible. In light of the current information shared today by our elected officials, we believe it is time to plan for alternative ways to serve our community and families. 

In collaboration with our School Board of Directors and our Lake Washington Education Association, we have made the decision to close all schools from March 12 through March 27, and re-evaluate any further closures during that time. 

In light of today’s news about a King County resident’s death related to the Coronavirus (or COVID-19), and that additional cases are anticipated, we wanted to reach out to share what Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is doing to monitor and prepare for a potential increase in frequency of the Coronavirus in our schools.  



    Old Redmond Schoolhouse

    We are here: phase 6, Construction


    Project Updates

    Teachers and students sit on the carpet during their first day of preschool.

    “Every Student Future Ready” starts with our youngest students. In LWSD’s inclusion preschool, special needs students learn and play with typically developing 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds.

    Each class has a special education teacher, a general education preschool teacher and a paraeducator. This co-teaching and inclusive model of instruction allows students to learn from each other and to respect the differences of others.

    Building on Success progress report

    Households around the district received the Building On Success Progress Report in mailboxes this month. It included an overview and progress updates on construction projects funded by the 2016 bond and the 2019 capital projects levy. If you missed it in the mail, be sure to view it online to learn more about:

    Window repairs and roof replacement

    At Old Redmond Schoolhouse, construction continues on the outside of the 98-year-old historic building. Construction crews have also turned their attention to the school’s interior. Workers are preparing the building for mechanical and electrical systems, in addition to drywall and finishes.

    Outside, the roofing has been replaced. Most of the brick masonry has been repaired and window repairs are in progress. Work on the roof’s metal trim is underway.

    The building will house 10 preschool classrooms, along with City of Redmond activities, when it opens in fall 2020.

    Building on Success: A Year in Review 2019

    The year 2019 was one to remember: We celebrated the grand openings of Timberline Middle School and the newly rebuilt Peter Kirk and Margaret Mead elementary schools. Progress continued on the remaining 2016 bond projects: Juanita High School and Old Redmond Schoolhouse. Construction also began on the addition at Lake Washington High School, funded by the Capital Projects Levy passed by voters in April 2019.

    Thank you to the communities of Lake Washington School District. With your ongoing support, we are providing students with great places to learn!

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    roof, exterior and interior classroom
    • Exterior windows are being repaired or, when necessary, replaced
    • Work on the roof replacement continues
    • Non-masonry exterior walls are receiving new siding
    • Interior improvements continue
    flowers in front of Old Redmond Schoolhouse

    In May, LWSD announced that additional work would be needed to ensure Old Redmond Schoolhouse is secure from moisture before it opens for preschool programs. This additional maintenance includes:

    We anticipated the opening of ORSH for the start of the 2019-20 school year. ORSH is being re-designed as an Early Learning Center with the capacity for 10 classrooms. ORSH, built in 1922, is a beautiful building in the heart of downtown Redmond.

    After transitioning the building back from the City of Redmond, work began in the fall of 2018 on the interior remodel. One of the challenges when remodeling an older, historic building is the potential to uncover additional work that needs to be done once you begin to remove walls and ceilings. In early spring, the contractor for the project, Lydig Construction, let the district know that it believed additional maintenance was required on the building exterior including rooftops, exterior brick and mortar, and window casings to ensure the building was secure from moisture. 

    Our capital projects team obtained outside third-party analysis to confirm the necessary work to be done and the timeline needed to complete the work. Due to the additional time required to complete the work, we have determined that we need to postpone the opening of ORSH until Fall 2020.

    The preschool programs that were scheduled to move to Old Redmond Schoolhouse will remain at Dickinson Elementary for the 2019-20 school year.

    Project Information

    Front entrance of the Old Redmond School House

    The Old Redmond Schoolhouse, which opened in 1922, is located on the Redmond Elementary Campus. The building, which previously served as an elementary school, has been leased to the City of Redmond since 1997 and is used as a community center.

    The Long-Term Facilities Task Force recommended the district reacquire the school and make renovations so that it can be used for preschool classrooms. The old school can’t be used for K-12 classrooms, as the district previously received state funding to replace the building when the new Redmond Elementary project was completed.

    Architect: McGranahan Architects
    Contractor: Lydig Construction
    Location: 16600 NE 80th St, Redmond
    Square Footage: 40,000
    Spaces: 10 preschool classrooms, gymnasium, cafeteria/commons
    Estimated Project Cost: $7,837,000 (Includes construction costs of $4.8 million 2016 dollars, $2.3 million in non-construction costs, and $.7 million in expected construction inflation)
    Planned opening: 2020

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    Building Condition/Current Situation
    The district preschool programs include serving student ages 3 to 5 years old that qualify for Special Education. Students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are also served in Head Start and Ready Start programs. Additional preschool spots are made available for a fee on a space available basis. These programs are currently being offered in some elementary schools. They serve students from several neighboring elementary school boundaries.

    Upgrading the Old Redmond Schoolhouse facility and using it for preschool classrooms would free up classrooms now used to house preschool at elementary schools. Those classrooms would be able to accommodate additional elementary students.