Feedback period - 10/19/20 to 11/1/20
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Thank you for your interest in learning more about Lake Washington School District Facilities Advisory Committee and their recommendations.
In November 2019, Lake Washington School District (the District) formed the Facilities Advisory
Committee (FAC) to make recommendations for future facility planning, informed by enrollment trends, community expectations and district programs. These recommendations address the capacity and facility needs of the District to accommodate our rapid enrollment growth. This website provides more context on this issue, provide an overview of the work the FAC has done, and presents the FAC’s draft recommendations.
Last month, we heard from more than a thousand folks about the committee’s draft recommendations. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.
The Facilities Advisory Committee will meet later this year and consider all the feedback provided. They will determine what changes they want to make and finalize their recommendations to the District and the School Board on how to move forward to address the District’s growth and aging facilities challenges.
How to use this site
- Visit the tabbed “stations” to learn more about each aspect of the project.
- Share this site with others who may be interested in learning about this effort to accommodate rapid enrollment growth in the Lake Washington School District.
- Watch this site for the committee’s final recommendations to be posted.
LWSD has grown by 31% or 7,337 students in the past 11 years. That is the equivalent of 11 elementary schools in growth. Enrollment growth is forecasted to continue. The district anticipates that it will grow by approximately 4,500 students by 2029-30. These forecasts include the number of births in our area, current enrollment patterns and planned development within district borders. LWSD students need additional space for student learning. Currently, LWSD relies heavily on portable classrooms to meet student space needs. There are 162 portable classrooms in the district, which is the equivalent of five elementary schools or 12 percent of the district’s overall capacity.
Aging Facilities and Facility Needs
LWSD has a number of aging facilities. In February 2020, the FAC solicited feedback from the community through a Thoughtexchange survey. The community expressed concerns about aging and overcrowded facilities. The thoughts from the community were around updating facilities to accommodate population growth and upgrading aging facilities to make them equal to newer schools. Often, our aging facilities do not meet current educational standards that are being met at newer schools.
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About the Facilities Advisory Committee
Lake Washington School District formed the Facilities Advisory Committee in November 2019 to make recommendations for future facility planning, informed by enrollment trends, community expectations and District programs. The FAC was comprised of a variety of community members and representatives, such as parents of students enrolled in the District, local businesses, senior citizens, City government representatives, and District staff.
What are the FAC’s recommendations so far?
How did the facilities advisory committee come to their recommendations on what projects to build?
The committee looked at the District’s needs in each of the four learning areas, at each level, and attempted to balance needs district wide.
They worked to understand the capacity, age and condition of each school in the district, as well as the anticipated growth in the district and in each learning area. They learned that it was important to understand, when talking about a school’s capacity needs, whether that does or doesn’t include the use of portables. To make their recommendations, the committee looked at future capacity shortfalls with and without portables. Based on that, the committee identified the projects in the table below to meet capacity needs in the next 10 years.
How to read the project recommendations table:
- The projects are divided into the district’s four learning areas (see map above) and by grade level band (high school, middle school and elementary school) within each learning area.
- The capacity shortfall is what is projected to be needed by 2029-2030.
- The first number (55 | 202) represents Shortfall with portables
- The second number (55 | 202) represents Shortfall without portables
- If an area is projected to have capacity, the shortfall is shown as 0
|Juanita Learning Area||Lake Washington Learning Area||Redmond Learning Area||Eastlake Learning Area|
|Capacity Shortfall by 2029-30||0 | 0||506 | 506||429 | 641||0 | 0|
|High School||n/a||Build a new choice school||- Build a choice school in either Redmond LC or Eastlake LC
- Build an addition at Redmond HS
|- Build a choice school in either Redmond LC or Eastlake LC|
|Capacity Shortfall by 2029-30||55 | 202||224 | 473||100 | 274||0 | 6|
|Middle School||- Rebuild or expand Kamiakin to 900 capacity
- Reboundary to alleviate Finn Hill capacity
- Move Environmental MS to Kamiakin campus (or move Stella Schola)
|- Build addition to bring Kirkland MS to at least 800 capacity
- Reboundary Rose Hill MS and Kirkland MS
- Move Stella Schola from Rose Hill to Kamiakin campus (or move Environmental MS)
|- Reboundary between middle schools||- Rebuild or expand Evergreen MS to at least 900
- Reboundary to alleviate Inglewood MS capacity
|Capacity Shortfall by 2029-30||75 | 397||47 | 668||0| 762||85 | 959|
|Elementary School||Move existing preschools off elementary campuses to alleviate ES capacity||- Add one new elementary school
- Reboundary in areas most effected
|- Build capacity on Redmond ES site
- Rebuild and expand Rockwell ES
- Reboundary to alleviate ES capacity
- Rebuild and expand Alcott ES and Smith ES
- Reboundary to alleviate ES capacity
|Other||- Refurbish Juanita field house and pool, partner with local government for athletic field use
- Build or acquire space for preschools
|Build or acquire space for preschools||Build or acquire space for preschools||Build or acquire space for preschools|
Recommended Projects Table from Facilities Advisory Committee - 2020
Capacity data from Feb 27, 2020 Flo Analytics Capacity and Space Needs – Capacity through 2029-30
How to fund the recommendations
The facilities advisory committee discussed how to fund the recommended projects. The committee discussed which way to raise money to pay for the list of projects. They recommend the district use bonds to raise the money. Further, the majority of members recommend the district develop a phased approach to fund the project list.
Different options for funding
The District, using the recommend projects and input from the committee on prioritization developed three options to fund and build the project list. A no construction option is also shown here for the options.
Facility Advisory Committee Bond Phasing Options
|Options||Plan to address facility needs||Estimated Cost|
|No construction||Build no new facilities or update aging facilities to accommodate enrollment growth of 4,500 students through 2030||$0|
|All in one phase||Address projected growth needs and aging facilities through 2030 by adding new capacity for 4,600 students.||$831 Million|
|Two phases||Address projected growth needs in two Phases.
||Phase 1: $434 Million
Phase 2: $397 Million + escalation
Total: $831 Million + escalation
|Three phases||Address projected growth needs in three Phases.
||Phase 1: $375 Million
Phase 2: $251 Million + escalation
Phase 3: $205 Million + escalation
Total: $831 Million + escalation
*Cost includes program contingency and necessary property purchases
Specific construction projects, advantages and disadvantages for each phasing option
Thank you for your input!
The Facilities Advisory Committee is reviewing all the community feedback submitted in October. The FAC will reconvene to finalize their recommendations, using community input as a guide, later this year. The final FAC recommendations will be presented to the LWSD Board of Directors in January 2021. The Superintendent and School Board will consider these recommendations as they plan for future ballot measures to fund construction.
This site will remain live for reference. Please look out for updates regarding the recommendations on the Facilities Advisory Committee page of the District’s website.