LWSD Bond Requests Announced for next 10 years

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Thanks to the Redmond Neighborhood Blog for posting this information!

http://redmondcity.blogspot.com/2016/01/update-on-redmond-council-lwsd-joint.html

http://redmondcity.blogspot.com/2016/01/superintendent-tracy-pierce-lays-out.html

Superintendent Traci Pierce laid out the funding schedule for building, more schools at last night’s city council study session.

  • $398,000,000 Bond measure will be put on the ballot on April 26, 2016.
  • $288,000,000 proposed Bond measure in 2018
  • $278,000,000 proposed Bond measure in 2022.
  • $207,000,000 proposed Bond measure in 2026.
  • EP&O (Educational Program and Operations) Levy/Capital Project Levy measure on 2018.
  • EP&O Levy/Capital Project Levy on 2022.
  • EP&O Levy/Capital Project Levy on 2026.

According to LWSD, the Purpose of a Capital Projects Levy

A capital projects levy provides funding for items that require a larger sum to acquire, improve, or maintain a capital asset, such as a school building or a technology solution.

Press Release on the 2016 Bond http://www.lwsd.org/News/2016-Bond/Pages/default.aspx

Total funds over the next 10 years that will be requested through Bond Process is $1,171,000,000 (1Billion, 171 million)

The District has 10 undeveloped properties in Kirkland and Redmond (Capital Facilities Plan 2015-2020, Table 4).  4 of these are listed as “In reserve”; 1 in Kirkland and 3 in Redmond (none in Juanita).

$398,000,000 April 26, 2016 Bond measure will fund:
1) a remodel or replacement and enlargement (RR) of Juanita HS,
2) a RR of Kirkland El,
3) a RR of Mead El,
4) a new middle school on Redmond Ridge,
5) a new elementary school in north Redmond on 172nd,
6) refurbishment of the Old Redmond School House for preschool space,
7) a modular replacement of Explorer school.
8) Rockwell El will not be remodeled or replaced on any Bond.

The Capital Funds Levy would cover maintenance.  The “ask” includes $21K from potential State construction funding and $10K from impact fees.

Pierce said the proposed 2018 Bond ($288M) would fund:
1) an addition to Lake Washington HS,
2) a new elementary school in the Lake Washington Learning Community,
3) a remodel or replacement (RR) at Kamiakin MS,
4) Eastlake/Redmond Learning community Choice School,
5) a RR at Alcott El,
6) land,
7) Special Ed learning spaces.

 

This chart from LWSD shows the age of buildings in the District:

http://www.lwsd.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/News/Long-Term-Facilities-Planning-Task-Force/2015.04.15/Aging-Facilities-Schedule-with-Choice.pdf

Additions such as at Redmond and Lake Washington High Schools are not listed on here; neither are portable/temporary classroom buildings.

The oldest schools listed that have not been rebuilt/remodeled/modernized are:

Juanita HS (1971), Kamiakin MS (1974), Kirk (1975), Mead (1979), Rockwell (1981),  Emerson (1983), Evergreen MS (1983), Smith (1986), Alcott (1986), Wilder (1989), McAuliffe (1990) and Inglewood MS (1991).
My questions for the District for the 2016 Bond:

  • How much larger will Juanita High School be?  Does that match the projected growth rate for that area?  Why or why not?
  • Why is Rockwell Elementary not being replaced in conjunction with the new school built on 172nd?
  • What will be done with the portables (that cost us $500k on average per portable)?
    Are the plans drawn for these remodel or replacements?
  • When will construction begin if the Bond is approved?
  • How will the District continue to manage the funds that come in for impact fees?
  • Why did the District use $29 MILLION mostly for portable classrooms instead of building a new elementary on 172nd or another of the unused properties?
  • How is the District planning on implementing the smaller class size ruling based on McCleary?

 

 

It’s no surprise I’ve not been supportive of the past bond issues due to my belief that the District has constantly misused funds.  Yet, we are in a no-win situation here.  Either we vote yes and give the District the money or we vote no and face more crowding in already overcrowded schools and portables littering school grounds.

Can we trust the District to use the money as promised?  Will they follow through in building schools that will house enough students for the community they are placed in for the current and coming growth?  Is it worse to have schools with empty classrooms or learning spaces for a few years or children learning in portables?

McCleary Decision  http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/OtherCommunications/SummaryMcLearyDecision2013.pdf

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