State Senator Manka Dhingra stopped by Ella Baker Elementary on October 12 to promote the need for everyone to participate in a democracy and to tell students what motivated her to run for office.
Old Redmond Schoolhouse
A pre-bid contractor site walk was held.
Plans and permits are under review. Construction is expected to begin this fall.
Construction is expected to begin this summer.
The Old Redmond Schoolhouse building transition between City of Redmond and LWSD is complete.
The building will transition from the city to the district on May 1.
The Old Redmond Schoolhouse project is in the design phase.
District staff have been working closely with the city on transitioning programs out of the Old Redmond Schoolhouse.
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: Not selected yet
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: 2019
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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.