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    Planning for the 2019 Levies Election

    Updated August 14, 2018

    In February 2019, Seattle voters will be asked to renew two  levies to fund Seattle Public Schools — an Operations Levy and a Capital Levy. These levies replace existing education levies that expire in 2019. All funding from these school levies supports student in Seattle Public Schools.

    Planning is currently underway for the three-year Operations Levy, which would replace the current Operations Levy approved by Seattle voters in 2016. This levy helps fund critical day-to-day operations and bridges the gap between what the state funds and what Seattle students need. It pays for teacher salaries, textbooks and school lunches, and it funds Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities. This levy allows the district to continue programs to provide support to students in need, which is helping to close the opportunity gap.

    The district is also planning for a Capital Levy. The six-year Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy would replace the expiring capital levy (BEX IV) approved by voters in 2013. BEX V would fund capital improvements including projects to modernize or replace aging buildings, improve safety and security for student, remove portables and add classrooms to the district. BEX V would also improve technology infrastructure for schools and increase access to classroom technology.

    We want your input

    Community meetings

    April: Five regional meetings were held in April 2018. A summary and the presentation are available on the Levies 2019 Community Meetings page.

    June-August: The district is working with community partners to hold language-based community meetings in order to collect input from non-English-speaking families in the district.

    September: Five regional meetings will be held in schools across the district. Join us at a community meeting to learn more about our upcoming school levies.

    Task Force

    July through September 2018: The Facilities Master Plan Review Task Force will help support the school board’s oversight of capital planning by reviewing elements of the district’s draft long-range Facility Master Plan, which is used in development of capital levy programs. Read more about the Facilities Master Plan Review Task Force.

    Levies Calendar, Timeline and Updates

    Levies Updates

    Graphic with words 2018 School Levies

    Contact Us

    Operations Levy: budget
    @seattleschools.org

    BEX V: capitallevy2019
    @seattleschools.org

    Mailing Address:
    Levies 2019
    Seattle Public Schools
    M.S. 22-336
    P.O. Box 34165
    Seattle, WA 98124-1165

    Resources

    Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy Projects
    BEX website

    Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy Projects
    BTA website