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Lakewood High marks 30 years with open house

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By Gale Fiege
Herald Writer
LAKEWOOD -- The Lakewood Lifers, as longtime students call themselves, know that before 1983, high school seniors in the Lakewood School District had to graduate from Arlington High School.
Lakewood's high school is 30 years old this year, and a celebration Tuesday evening includes a school district open house and technology expo. The event is 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lakewood High School, 17023 11th Ave. NE.
The birthday party comes as district officials are preparing to modernize the 30-year-old building.
Lakewood School District formed in 1914 with one school, built for $500. Today, the district has three elementary schools, a middle school and the high school. Lakewood High School graduated its first class in 1984.
Voters in the school district last year approved a capital projects and technology levy, the majority of the tax revenue from which goes to reroofing the schools, replacing worn-out portable classrooms and improvements to the football stadium, said Superintendent Dennis Haddock.
Money is set aside as well for planning the high school modernization. The goal is to gather suggestions from the community, develop a design concept and craft a budget that will form the basis of request to the voters next year to pay for a bond, Haddock said.
"Design work on the high school will continue through the spring and summer for school board acceptance in September," he said. "The district will be inviting the community to give input later this spring."
The open house Tuesday includes a $3 supper prepared by the school cooks, kindergarten registration, high school orientation for the parents of eighth-grade students, school tours, entertainment by student groups, informational booths about school and community services, refreshments and the technology expo in the high school commons.
More information is available from Robin Barker at 360-652-4522 or at
Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427;

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