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The $694.9 million Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy was approved by more than 72 percent of Seattle voters in February 2013. It supports the District’s long-range plans to upgrade and renovate aging school facilities and address enrollment growth. Since 1998, the BEX I, BEX II and BEX III voter approved levies have allowed the District to replace or renovate 37 buildings.

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:

  1. Safety and security,
  2. Capacity needs,
  3. Building condition
  4. Maximizing flexibility for programs and services.

17 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.

37 Earthquake Safety Improvements

Earthquake safety will be included in the new, replaced or re-purposed or modernized schools. Earthquake safety work will be done at 37 additional schools using BEX IV Levy funds.

Other Projects

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

This map shows major BEX IV projects as well as major projects completed under BEX I, BEX II and BEX III.

The 2013 Levies Information Brochure was sent to voters in February 2013. It provides information on the BEX IV and Operations Levies and the specific building projects.