Crowded Lake Washington schools planning another bond

REDMOND, Wash. -- Lake Washington School Board members are expected to approve a new construction bond Monday which would allow the district to put a measure on the April ballot.  

At $398 million, the bond would be roughly half of what was put forward by the district in February, 2014.  Three bond measures in the last five years have all been rejected by voters.

Unlike previous proposals, the rate for taxpayers would not increase if the bond is approved, meaning homeowners would not notice a difference in their taxes due to school construction.

The Lake Washington School District is now the 4th largest in Washington.  Its figures indicate over 625 new students have enrolled in each of the last five years.

"We expect to be over 30,000 students in the next five years," said district spokesperson Kathryn Reith, "We need space for kids."

Reith said 14% of the district's classrooms will be in portable structures by the end of 2017.

If approved by the school board, the April bond would pay for two new elementary schools and a middle school.  It would also rebuild and enlarge two other elementary schools and Juanita High.

Projects included on previous bond proposals would be shelved for future bonds.


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