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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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    Earth Day is every day at Lake Washington School District. We are a recognized leader in sustainability practices and education in the region. This recognition has come from various organizations:

    • 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee
    • McKinstry’s 2015 Champions of Sustainability award.
    • Eight-time winner of the King County Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling. Nearly 75 percent of schools in the district collect organic food waste for composting. The district is committed to proactively right-sizing service, including smaller garbage containers and less frequent pickups.
    • LWSD is one of 12 districts in the nation to receive Excellence in Integrated Pest Management star certification. This certification ensures the use of alternate, non-chemical pest control methods. The district passed a rigorous 37-point evaluation conducted by the independent nonprofit IPM Institute of North America.
    • 2017 Green Cleaning Award from American School and University Magazine. Cleaning to protect the health of students and staff without harm to the environment.
    • Grants approved thus far from Puget Sound Energy for high-efficiency features for new schools: $144,100.

    District sustainability efforts rely on the participation of every person in the district, in addition to community partners and volunteers. Learn how LWSD is teaching today’s students about sustainability, while using green building practices to construct the schools of tomorrow.