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Lake Washington School District No. 414

Proposition No. 1
Bonds to Reduce Overcrowding and Enhance Student Learning Environments - $398,000,000

The Board of Directors of Lake Washington School District No. 414 adopted Resolution No. 2205 concerning a proposition to reduce overcrowding and enhance student learning environments. This proposition would authorize the District to construct and equip new schools (two elementary and one middle); rebuild Juanita High School and Kirk and Mead Elementary schools; remodel Old Redmond Schoolhouse; and make other capital improvements; to issue $398,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within a maximum term of 20 years, and to levy excess property taxes annually to repay the bonds, as provided in Resolution No. 2205. Should this proposition be:



Passage of Proposition 1, Bonds to Reduce Overcrowding and Enhance Student Learning Environments, would authorize the Lake Washington School District to sell $398,000,000 in general obligation bonds to build new schools and add classrooms for its growing student population.  The district has grown by over 3,000 students in the last five years and continued enrollment growth is expected.

The projects included in this bond were identified by a 63-member community based task force that studied the district facility needs over a comprehensive year long process.

The bonds would be repaid out of annual property tax levies over a period of up to 20 years.  The total tax rate for all levies and bonds in the district is estimated to remain at or below the 2015 tax rate of $3.30 per $1000 of assessed value.

Projects include building two new elementary schools and a new middle school; rebuilding and enlarging Juanita High School, Kirk Elementary, and Mead Elementary; remodeling Old Redmond School House for use by preschool students; replacing old portable classrooms at Explorer Elementary School; and completing other capital projects across the district.

The district expects to receive $10,000,000 in developer impact fees and $21,000,000 from the state construction assistance program to help fund these projects.

Further information is available on the district’s website at

Exemptions from taxes may be available to homeowners who are 61 or older, or disabled, and who meet certain income requirements.  For more information, call the King County Department of Assessments 206-296-3920.

For questions about this measure, contact: Kathryn Reith, Communications Director,



Vote Yes for Our Kids and Our Schools!

This bond, developed with extensive community input, will relieve overcrowding in our schools without raising anyone’s property tax rate. The Lake Washington School District is one of the fastest growing in the state, jumping from the sixth to fourth largest in just one year. Most schools have more students than available classrooms, making it difficult for our children to receive the best education possible. Classes and group lessons occur in places not designed for instruction. The district must use numerous portables, which is not a long-term solution. By prioritizing the most urgent capital needs, this bond will sustain the District’s educational excellence. It also demonstrates good fiscal planning. By paying off other district bonds and levies, we can improve our schools while maintaining the current tax rate.

Endorsed by the League of Education Voters, Seattle-King County Association of REALTORS, the Affordable Housing Council, the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, the Lake Washington Education Association, and the Lake Washington PTSA Council. To see full list of elected officials and community leaders who endorsed this measure, visit Please join us in voting Yes for the LWSD Bond!

Submitted by: Amy Walen, John Marchione, and Don Gerend,

All of our schools are full or overcrowded.  More than 3500 students attend classes in 154 portables across the district.  Thousands more students are expected by 2020. 

Instead of funding critically needed new classrooms, this bond directs 60% to tearing down and replacing three solidly built schools that are newer than many of our homes. The rebuilds will add little capacity to the district - leaving thousands of students in portables and overcrowded buildings.

This bond adds only 3 additional schools to the entire district: an elementary school in North Redmond and two schools at Redmond Ridge, but no additional schools for Kirkland or Sammamish.

The district knows that this plan will not provide adequate classroom space.  It plans to run bond measures in 2018 and 2022 asking for an additional $566,000,000 to address space shortages.

The $398,000,000 requested by this bond measure should be spent carefully and efficiently. We need more school buildings across the district - especially STEM and Choice Schools.  Hundreds of students are on waitlists for these high-demand schools. 

This bond will waste our tax dollars on extravagant building designs and unnecessary teardown/rebuilds!

Tell the district to spend your money wisely. Reject Proposition 1.

Submitted by: Susan Wilkins and Hussein Karmali,


This bond increases capacity for 3,000 students, prioritizing urgent needs across the district. It uses cost-effective design principles -- rebuilding and expanding capacity at schools in Kirkland and Sammamish and adding new schools in Redmond. It is part of a fiscally responsible long-term plan to manage growth, reduce overcrowding, and to bring schools up to educational and safety standards while keeping tax rates level over time.  State matching funds will help our investment go further. 

Redmond will lose its beloved community center. This bond measure will convert the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center into a dedicated preschool facility.  This is the wrong solution for the district's classroom space shortage.

Your property taxes will increase. In 2015, taxpayers spent $37,700,000 for outstanding school construction bonds. If this bond measure passes, by 2019, annual school construction bond payments will be $70,000,000 and LWSD plans additional bond measures.

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60% yes vote and a minimum turnout of 16,449 voters (Washington Constitution, art. VII, sec. 2(b))

For questions about this measure, contact: Kathryn Reith, Communications Director,




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