Old Redmond Schoolhouse
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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.
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.
It might seem like a long way off, but construction crews are busy preparing for the first day of school this fall.
“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.
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:
Workers at Old Redmond Schoolhouse have been repairing windows and bricks and installing interior wall boards. Metal panels for the roof are nearly complete and exterior siding is being upgraded.
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.
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.