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    Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy

    Levy amount: $694.9 million
    Year approved by Seattle voters: 2013
    Replaced: Building Excellence III (BEX III) Capital Levy

    View the Report to the Community about the 2013 BEX IV Capital Levy

    BEX IV continues the work to replace or modernize district buildings, infrastructure and technology with previous levies. It will allow the district to address earthquake and safety issues, capacity needs, building condition and infrastructure improvements, and major preventive maintenance needs throughout the school district.

    BEX IV projects were chosen based on four criteria:

    • Safety and security
    • Capacity needs
    • Building condition
    • Maximizing flexibility for programs and services

    17 Major Building Projects

    Seventeen major building projects will result in new schools, replacement schools or modernized schools. By replacing or renovating school buildings, Seattle Public Schools is not just creating better learning and teaching environments. These projects also reduce the maintenance backlog by updating or replacing aging structures. Modernization of existing schools includes earthquake safety improvements.

    • Addams (Jane Addams) Middle School (complete)
    • Arbor Heights Elementary (complete)
    • Bagley (Daniel Bagley) Elementary
    • Fairmount Park Elementary (complete)
    • Genesee Hill Elementary (complete)
    • Lincoln High School
    • Loyal Heights Elementary (complete)
    • Luke (Wing Luke) Elementary 
    • Nova High School at Mann (complete)
    • Meany Middle School (complete)
    • Olympic Hills Elementary (complete)
    • Hazel Wolf K-8 at Pinehurst (complete)
    • Queen Anne Elementary 
    • Thornton Creek Elementary (complete)
    • Seattle World School at T.T. Minor (complete)
    • Cascadia Elementary/Robert Eagle Staff Middle School/Licton Springs K-8 (complete)

    Other Building Projects

    • Earthquake safety (seismic) improvements at 37 additional schools
    • Integrated security cameras at 19 schools.
    • Lunchroom additions at two schools.
    • New science labs at four schools.
    • Roofing work at five schools.
    • Field and/or track upgrades at five schools.

    These building projects typically take place during the summer months to avoid disruption to learning. See information on this year's summer projects. 

    Other Projects 

    • Planning for a downtown school.
    • Classroom technology improvements in all schools.
    • Academic and business operations technology updates.
    • Technology infrastructure work.

    Resources

    Oversight

    The BEX/BTA Capital Programs Oversight Committee is a citizen oversight committee required by the School Board. The focus of the committee is to assure that the BEX and BTA programs supports academic achievement in the schools, as well as program revenues, expenditures, and planning for future BEX and BTA levies or bonds.