UPDATED OPINION: There's been a lot of chatter in the community about "classroom space issues" in LWSD schools. The school district actually has a lot of space at its schools across the district. Some residents just don't think the District uses the space efficiently. Redmond's schools are painfully overcrowded - but many of the brand new schools in Kirkland have an amazing amount of unused space. It appears that many in the community never got to discussing this during the Long Term Facilities Planning Task Force meetings or by communication with the School Board.
The district prefers "year-round multi-track" if we don't pass the bond; but do they have the resources to implement it? Or the district could have morning and afternoon sessions for high school students. (There's some support for havingand scheduling at the high schools.) But first, the district could remodel its elementary and middle schools to more efficiently use the interior pods that are wasted space. Second, they could move the preschools to rented space at churches or office buildings - freeing up at least 20 classrooms for elementary students. The District needs to make a more concerted effort to finding greater space efficiencies in our schools.
Opinion by Bob Yoder