LWSD to place bond, two levies on Feb. 13 ballot

  • Friday, October 27, 2017 3:25pm
  • News

Lake Washington School District is planning three ballot measures for the Feb. 13, 2018 election.

The measures are a bond (the second of four planned bonds), a replacement Capital Projects Levy and a replacement Educational Programs and Operations levy. A recommendation was presented to the board of directors on Oct. 2 and they formally approved the bond and levies at the Oct. 16 board meeting.

LWSD is rapidly growing. Current 2018 enrollment is 29,572 students. This year marks the tenth straight year of enrollment growth and Lake Washington is now the third-largest district in Washington. From 2010-17, the district has grown an average of 700 students per year.

The district needs additional schools and classrooms to meet growing enrollment needs. In 2016, voters passed the first of four planned bond measures that will fund school construction projects needed through the 2029-30 school year. These projects were recommended by a citizen-based community task force. The 2018 bond continues to implement the task force plan to build more schools, reduce overcrowding, reduce reliance on portables and address aging school facilities.

This $299 million bond would fund an addition at Lake Washington High School; a new elementary school in the Lake Washington Learning Community; the remodel or replacement and enlargement of Kamiakin Middle School; a choice high school in the Redmond or Eastlake learning community; the remodel or replacement and enlargement of Alcott Elementary School; the creation of special education learning spaces; land and site-specific capital projects/contingency.

Every four years LWSD runs two levies: A Capital Projects levy and an Educational Programs and Operations levy.

The Capital Projects Levy funds facility and technology needs not funded by the state. This levy funds facility needs such as heating/ventilation systems; roofing replacement; athletic and playfield improvements; portables and safety measures. It also funds technology needs such as infrastructure; network security; staff and student computers; instructional software; security cameras; communication and business systems and staff training.

The Educational Programs and Operations Levy funds staff, programs, operations and course offerings not funded by the state. This levy pays for certificated and classified staff needed for special education, highly capable and English learner programs. It funds substitutes, nurses, health room staff and campus security. The levy pays for athletics and extracurricular activities, the district’s new teacher support program and professional learning for teachers and staff. The levy will fund a seven-period day for high school students to help meet the state’s 24-credit graduation requirement. The levy also helps fund Head Start, Ready Start and special education preschool for the district’s youngest learners.

The bond and Capital Projects Levy will maintain the current tax rate while the Educational Programs and Operations Levy will reduce the current tax rate. The total tax rate for all three measures will be reduced from the current amount of $3.16/$1,000 of assessed value to $2.93/$1,000 of assessed value.

LWSD calls its long-term plan to continue to provide quality learning environments and experiences for its growing number of students and families, “Building on Success.” For detailed information on the upcoming February 2018 bond and levies, visit www.lwsd.org/about-us/2018-bond-and-levies.

More in News

Suspect killed during Redmond police shooting in Kirkland was armed convicted felon

Police located a handgun in the suspect’s possession at the time of the shooting.

Seattle and King County officials want a safe injection van

The mobile project—an alternative to permanent sites—still doesn’t have a defined timeline.

An autopsy found that Tommy Le was shot twice in the back during an fatal encounter with a King County sheriff’s deputy. Photo courtesy Career Link
New report calls for increased transparency from King County Sheriff’s Office

The fatal shooting of Tommy Le served as a case study for researchers.

48th District candidates discuss homelessness, quality of life at Redmond forum

Candidates for Washington State Legislative District 48 Position 2, were invited to… Continue reading

Unknown suspect steals vehicle from local garage | Police blotter

This is not a complete list of all incidents that occurred in Redmond during this time period.

Kirkland Council discusses tax increase for public safety

City considers sales tax measure and potential levy to fund police, fire services.

Juanita High students vote to keep ‘Rebels’ mascot

Students voted last June 7 and June 11 to keep the current mascot.

A scene from the 2017 Women’s March Seattle. Photo by Richard Ha/Flickr
County sexual harassment policies could be overhauled

One King County councilmember says male-dominated departments have “workplace culture issues.”

Most Read