• Mar. 29, 2018
    Construction to start on Lake Stevens High School this June
    Render of the new Lake Stevens High School
    Construction will begin on the modernized and expanded Lake Stevens High School this June. Phase one of the project features a new three story academic building for science and general education classrooms and the Learning Commons (far right); a new athletic building (see second image); and a student hub that connects the spaces (center).

    Big changes are coming to Lake Stevens High School (LSHS)! Beginning this June, construction will begin on the high school modernization and expansion project. Construction will happen in phases, while students are on campus. This work is anticipated to last for three school years. The modernization and expansion will include new learning spaces for general education, special education, music and athletics; improvements to the swimming pool; upgrades to campus security; upgraded restrooms; replacement of heating, ventilation, roofing and electrical systems; and improvements to school safety, student parking and bus loading areas.

    The entire LSHS campus will be closed to staff members, students and visitors from June 16 through late August. This will allow for site preparation and demolition to take place before the return of students and staff for the 2018-19 school year.

    A temporary student, staff and visitor parking plan is being developed. This information will be shared with the Lake Stevens High School community prior to the start of the 2018-19 school year. Once all phases of the modernization and expansion are complete, LSHS will have more parking spots than what is currently available.

    Phase One Construction
    The first phase of construction includes:

    • A three story academic building for science and general education classrooms and the Learning Commons (the library and student support center)
    • New athletic building and gymnasium
    • Renovation of the 400 building
    • These spaces will be connected by a student hub with easy access to administration, attendance, counseling, the business office and the COVE (the student store)
    Another render of the new Lake Stevens High School
    The modernization and expansion of the high school also includes a new athletic building (far left) with an indoor public entrance to a new gymnasium, a modernized swimming pool, storage and meeting spaces.

    “We are very appreciative to our community for voting to support our school construction bond, and to all of our stakeholders for their contributions to this project,” said Dr. Amy Beth Cook, Superintendent of Lake Stevens School District. “The meetings and engagement activities we hosted with students, staff, families and the community throughout the planning and design process resulted in a tremendous amount of feedback. This feedback has been used throughout the process to design a school that meets the needs of our students as they prepare for college and the world of work. This is truly an exciting time for our district and our community. The construction process will bring some unique challenges, but the outcome will be a learning facility that, our students, staff, families and community members deserve.”

    Project updates will be available here on the district website, in our monthly issues e-News and in future issues of Lake Schools (subscribe to receive e-News).

    Design & Construction

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where will LSHS students attend school during construction?
    Construction will be completed in phases over at least three school years to allow work to be completed while students are on site. Extensive planning and preparation will be done to maintain a safe and productive learning environment for students, staff, families and the surrounding community during construction.

    When will Cavelero be reconfigured as a high school?
    Cavelero was built to address overcrowding in our middle schools and high school, and to someday become a second high school. As you may remember when we built Cavelero we maximized our use of state matching funds to lessen the burden on taxpayers. To use these funds, Cavelero had to remain a mid high school for at least five years.

    There is a common misconception that Cavelero would transition to our second high school at that time. This is incorrect. Capacity numbers and growth projections indicate that we will not need to transition to a second high school within the next 10 years. Before we can do that, we would need to build a new middle school and reboundary the district to transition to two high schools.

    Advance notice will be given well before this happens. Parents, students, staff and community members will be encouraged to participate in the decision making process.