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    Planning for BEX V

    Updated July 10, 2018

    Seattle Public Schools has begun planning for the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy to be submitted to Seattle voters on the February 2019 special election ballot. Capital levies are part of Seattle Public Schools’ long-range plan to upgrade and renovate aging school facilities on a planned and predictable schedule.
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    The BEX V Capital Levy would enable continued construction of new school buildings, and new additions and major renovations to existing buildings. The expiring Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy funded new construction or major modernization at 17 schools. These projects have been completed, such as Cascadia Elementary (shown), or will be in the next few years. The BEX V Capital Levy would also fund security and safety upgrades, building system replacement or upgrades, and improvements to classroom technology.

    Why SPS Needs a Capital Levy

    Capital levies are the primary funding source to ensure that every student has a safe, optimal learning environment. Typically, school districts receive limited state or federal funding for construction, renovations, safety and security upgrades, or major maintenance. In order to fund capital improvements, Seattle Public Schools relies on our local levy, which must be approved by Seattle voters. Capital levies also provide the majority of funding for important classroom technology and technology infrastructure, academics support projects, and athletic field and track improvements.


    The Seattle School Board will determine the scope and cost of the BEX V Capital Levy. Capital Projects and Planning staff will make recommendations based on School Board's Guiding Principles for BEX Vbuilding conditions, capacity needs and community feedback.

    Community Input

    Five regional community meetings were held in April to share information and collect input on planning for the Operations Levy and Capital Levy.

    Home-language community meetings are being held during the summer months to share information and collect input on planning for the Operations Levy and Capital Levy.

    Five regional community meetings will be held in September to update the community on the planning process for both levies and the projects being recommended for the Capital Levy.

    Community input, feedback and questions can be sent to capital staff at:

    Task Force

    At School Board direction, Capital Projects and Planning staff and Enrollment Planning staff have convened a Facilities Master Plan Review Task Force. Comprised of highly qualified community members, the task force is focused specifically on reviewing and validating two elements of the 2018 Facilities Master Plan Update: the capacity analysis and the scoring of the Board’s priorities (per Policy No. 6901 and adopted guiding principles). The task force began meeting in July and will continue through early September. More information on the task force, the task force charge, and meeting materials and minutes can be found on the task force page.

    Master Planning

    As part of the planning process, master plans may be developed for some school buildings. These help with the process of determining potential costs and are not school designs. The school-specific design process does not take place until a levy is passed that provides funding for the project.


    Contact Us


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


    Learn about projects completed or underway using funds from the current capital levies

    Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy Projects

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