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Redmond, Wash. – 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.

Redmond, Wash. – The State Board of Education (SBE), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) have identified 391 schools statewide to receive recognition. Schools in Washington stand out for closing gaps, showing growth, and demonstrating achievement according to new data released by the state.

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    Safety and Security

    Police officer talks with students as they leave school.
    Keeping students and staff safe is a top priority. One of our strategic goals is to "provide safe and innovative learning environments."
     
    The District and its schools plan and practice safety and emergency preparation, response and recovery. These efforts involve staff, students and parents, as well as local fire departments and law enforcement.
     
    We have an established District Safety Structure and Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). LWSD continually assesses districtwide safety needs, implementation of safety measures and protocols, identifies training needs, and ensures response to changing conditions.
     

    What Is a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)?

    A Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) is a documented plan with elements that address all natural and man-made emergencies and disasters to which an entity is vulnerable.

    There are five components of a CEMP:

    Executive Safety Team

    Purpose statement:
    To set overall direction of districtwide safety and security measures. In conjunction with the Safety Advisory Committee, decides on safety enhancements to include in district funding measures presented for Board approval.

    Meets quarterly to assess current safety needs and ensure response to changing conditions.

    Chair: Dr. Jane Stavem - Superintendent

    Membership:

    • Dr. Jon Holmen - Deputy Superintendent
    • Barbara Posthumus - Associate Superintendent of Business & Support Services
    • Matt Gillingham – Associate Superintendent of Student & Community Services
    • Brian Buck – Director of Support Services
    • Scott Emry - Risk & Safety Manager
    • Rick Burden – Director of Elementary Education
    • Shannon Parthemer – Director of Communications
    • Sally Askman - Director of Technology Operations
    • Cat Robinson - Emergency Manager

    Safety Advisory Committee

    Purpose statement:
    To provide districtwide guidance with our community partners in safety, security and emergency preparedness.

    Meets monthly to assess implementation of safety protocols, assess implementation and training needs to ensure response to changing conditions.

    Chair: Scott Emry, Risk & Safety Manager

    Membership:

    • King County Sheriff
    • Kirkland Police Department, Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management
    • Redmond Police Department, Fire Department
    • Sammamish Police Department, Office of Emergency Management
    • Eastside Fire & Rescue
    • Evergreen Health
    • PTSA
    • LWSD building and central office administrators