During its July 13 School Board Meeting, Lake Washington School District Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, removed “Rebels” as the Juanita High School mascot. Dr. Matt Livingston, Director of Secondary Education and Juanita High School Principal, Kelly Clapp, will now begin the process outlined in Policy 6970 to select a new mascot.
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 on Success.” That’s the district’s long-term plan to continue to build schools and to provide quality learning environments and experiences.
In April 2019, voters approved a capital projects levy that provides:
- Classroom space for 1,052 students by providing additions at five schools for a total of 44 new classrooms.
- Expansion of commons and auxiliary gym space at Lake Washington High School (LWHS) and expansion of core facilities at the identified elementary schools where feasible.
- Student safety and security enhancements including exterior security cameras at all elementary schools and remodeled entryways at Redmond, Eastlake and Lake Washington High Schools to implement entry control systems.
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 facilities and technology projects funded through the Capital Projects Levies.