Five school groundbreakings coming soon for LWSD

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on May 24 to commemorate a new elementary school in north Redmond.

The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at 12101 172nd Ave. N.E. and will be the first in five groundbreakings planned for this spring.

The new school is being funded by a $398 million bond measure approved by voters in April 2016 and by this June, work at all five schools will be underway.

The 78,000-square-foot elementary school is scheduled to be open by fall 2018.

All the new school projects included in the 2016 bond are needed to accommodate rapidly growing enrollment numbers and to address aging facilities, a press release from the Lake Washington School District said.

The district currently enrolls some 29,000 students, the third largest in the state.

Other groundbreaking ceremonies will be held at 2:45 p.m. June 6 at Juanita High School. Two will be held on June 7 with the first beginning at 2 p.m. at 9595 Eastridge Drive N.E. and the other at 3 p.m. at 9900 Redmond Ridge Drive N.E.

A final groundbreaking will be held at 7040 208th Ave. N.E. in June at a time to be announced.