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    Overview

    The Capital Projects and Planning Department supports the district's Strategic Plan, most specifically, by building schools that support high-quality instruction and learning experiences.

    When we build a new building, modernize an existing school, or construct an addition, the project is planned to meet the district's educational standards as well as the specific needs of the individual school.

    Our primary goals are:

    • To strengthen and streamline capital project management
    • To wisely manage the use of building capacity
    • To enhance cost-effective use of capital resources

    Current Initiatives

    We partner with other departments to meet district goals. Most of our initiatives relate to providing facilities that support high-quality instruction and learning experiences.

    School construction and building improvements are funded primarily by voter-approved capital levies. Projects are in progress using the three most recent capital levies.

    • Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy, a six-year, $1.4 billion levy that modernizes or replaces eight aging schools, plans for the future, invests in technology, and improves building systems and athletic fields. Approved in 2019.
    • Buildings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy, a six-year, $475.3 million levy providing funds for renovation, major maintenance, and health and safety improvements; technology classroom equipment and instructional support to enhance student learning; academics projects to meet the educational requirements and needs of students; and athletic improvements to upgrade fields. Approved in 2016.
    • Building Excellence IV Program, a six-year, $694.9 million levy that replaced/renovated/builds 17 schools. Approved in 2013. The final BEX IV school replacement project is Wing Luke Elementary. The new building will open fall 2021. 

    Accomplishments

    We are proud to see principals, teachers, and students using newly renovated or constructed buildings and new systems to enrich the learning experience.

    In fall 2020, we celebrated completion of the addition and renovation project at Bagley Elementary School with a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony

    Each spring, we prepare a report to the Seattle School Board with details of construction projects from the previous calendar year.

    Capital Programs Report for Calendar Year 2019Adobe PDF icon


    Leadership