Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Recently the LWSD put up for a vote two Levy and one Bond measures requesting more money for the District. The Levy measures passed, however the Bond measure failed. Per your email and information on the District webpage, a survey was conducted of 400 residents in the District to ascertain why the Bond measure failed. As I was not one of the residents contacted, I thought I would explain my particular reasons for voting “NO” on the Bond measure.
I have lived in Redmond for over 30 years and 3 of my 4 children have graduated from Redmond High School; my fourth child is a freshman this year at Redmond. My husband is also a graduate of Redmond High School. Over the past 10-plus years I have watched as the District has repeatedly asked for more and more money to fund building projects to “modernize” aging buildings and build new schools. My belief is that the District has used these funds in less than effectual ways and with dreadful results. Read More >>
Monday, March 10, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Intuitively, $404,000,000 paid back over 20 years will cost $20.2 million per year just to pay for the principal. With 4.25% interest, taxpayers will need to pay back about $30 million per year, about the same amount as the Capital Projects Levy that just passed or $.91/thousand in assessed value. So paying off $404 million will cost the owner of a $500,000 house about $450 per year or $40 per month, not $10/month.
Sammamish residents are the biggest losers with this bond measure. They get nothing! No additional elementary classroom space, no new eastside ICS choice school (as was promised), and no new middle or high school space. Read More >>
Thursday, March 6, 2014
School Board President Jackie Pendergrass asked what the price of the $404 million bond would cost the average taxpayer the first year, and staff came up with $10/month or "two coffees per month" according to Pendergrass. Superintendent Traci Pierce ran down the following list of options staff would have at their disposal if the $404 million bond failed to pass:
1. Reduce or eliminate all day kindigarden
2. Double shifting (which would raise transportation and utility costs)
3. Add portables wherever possible at $300,000/portable. (The district is adding the equivalent population of one elementary school every year for the next four years).
4. Year round school
5. Construction costs of future schools would go up.
6. Variances would not become an option.
Reported by Bob Yoder
Rick said the cost of new schools is excessive and the ever increasing tax burden put on us is unacceptable. He agreed with the levy committee's statement that the district has a consistent record of accountability and stays within budget but with one exception. Rick said "One key thing is missing in that statement. The school district needs to strive for cost efficiencies to deliver high performing schools at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayers. That's what I think is missing and the disconnect that caused you to lose this bond vote."
Mike was the second speaker to the podium, a father of two children who went to Peter Kirk and Lake Washington High School. He was Chairman of the "Yes on 1 &2 Not 3"sign campaign organized by businesses. As a real estate developer Mike was surprised to learn that Monroe High School could be built for 23 million dollars vs. the 94 million dollars it took to build Lake Washington High School. He couldn't believe that Peter Kirk is scheduled for a tear down saying "it had centuries" of life left with proper maintenance. He said the tearing down and rebuilding must end and a committee of citizens, architects and professional could find solutions. Mike also had experience with the City of Kirkland Growth Management Committee that put together the Comprehensive Plan and Capital Facilities Plan years ago.
Reported by Bob Yoder
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Come out and cheer on your favorite team at this event! There will be food, raffle prizes and amazing dance performances. Doors open at 12n, first performance will begin at 1pm. Adult ticket price is $7, Students and Senior Citizens, $5. Children under 6 are free. Any questions please contact Cathi Bibby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
4. Mill Creek
Not surprised with our No. 1 choice? What made Bellingham more exciting than Olympia? We know you have questions; we have answers. So, pull on your hiking boots, because we’re going to traverse the great state of Washington. First, however, you’ll need to know how we made our ranking—the secret knock to our ranking club, if you will. Read More >>
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Proposition One passed with 65% in favor. Proposition Two passed with 64% in favor. Only 30.74% of the registered voters in the District voted.
Reported by Bob Yoder
Kathy Lambert to continue as Chair of County Council, Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee
to Budget and Transportation committees
Monday, February 24, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Overlake is a shopping district adjoining Bellevue and Redmond neighborhoods that will be transformed over the next decade. Although Redmond is planning much of what will become the Overlake Village light-rail station area, developments in this community-to-be will be key to eastern Bellevue’s future as well.
Did you know that Sound Transit’s East Link station In Overlake Village will connect surrounding Bellevue neighborhoods to Seattle and connections north and south? This includes neighborhoods able to access the Overlake Village station from the north using a new bicycle/pedestrian bridge over SR 520. Read More >>
Monday, February 17, 2014
- A safe gathering place for kids in our community.
- For many families nearby . . . the only outside place to play.
A PLAYGROUND FOR ALL SEASONS
- City of Redmond Community Center summer programs share it.
- Lake Washington Youth Soccer families use it in the fall.
- Redmond El students play on it all winter.
- Redmond West Little League families use it in the spring. Read More >>
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Will receive $18,000 and serve as mentors to others
OLYMPIA — A total of seven schools will serve as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math mentors to other schools in the state.
Known as Lighthouse schools, the seven were recently awarded $18,000 grants each that will promote and develop STEM education, including technical assistance and advice for other middle schools and high schools that are creating their own STEM environments.
The seven schools are:
- Riverpoint Academy (Mead School District)
- Cascade K-8 Community School (Shoreline)
- Toppenish Middle School (Toppenish)
- STEM School (Lake Washington)
- Lakeside High School (Nine Mile Falls)
- Columbia Crest Elementary School (Eatonville)
- Franklin Pierce High School (Franklin Pierce)
“It’s a great honor to be chosen as a lighthouse schools,” said Randy Dorn, state superintendent. “It makes those schools leaders in STEM education. Other schools will look to the seven for guidance on how to successfully teach STEM…”