News and Information
The 2015 Capital Programs Annual Report was delivered to the Seattle School Board in May 2016. It provides an update on BTA III and BEX IV capital projects underway or completed by December 31, 2015.
Hazel Wolf K-8 @ Pinehurst School Receives International Recognition for Building Design
Seattle Public Schools recently was notified that the new facility for the Hazel Wolf K-8 program at the Pinehurst site garnered international attention and recognition. The building project, designed by NAC Architects of Seattle and officially named Pinehurst School, was a finalist for the “Future Projects Education Award 2015” by World Architecture News (WAN). Projects in Vienna, Austria; Kerala, India; Canoas, Brazil; Seoul, Korea and St. Petersburg, Florida were the other five projects named as finalists.
According to WAN, expert international judges took into account factors such as originality, innovation, form and special quality, and sensitivity to context. They also judged the aesthetic merit and materials palette for each design.
In selecting the Hazel Wolf K-8’s new home in the Pinehurst Building (11530 12th NE), the WAN judges noted the school design has been “thoughtfully conceived to use the building to encourage learning.” They mentioned that the Hazel Wolf K-8 program’s environmental focus provided the criteria for the school design. Judges praised the courtyard teaching areas including the planting spaces and storm water management program. The botanical garden and the living wall at the main entry will further entice student exploration of their environment.
A school building project in Brazil was announced as the winner, with special mention of Hazel Wolf K-8 @ Pinehurst as an “extremely close second.”
Hazel Wolf K-8 is an option school program currently housed in the John Marshall building. Students and staff will move into their new school building in September 2016. A ribbon-cutting celebration will be scheduled before the start of school in September.
Here is the link to Hazel Wolf K-8 @ Pinehurst School building WAN award story: http://backstage.worldarchitecturenews.com/wanawards/project/hazel-wolf-k-8/
BTA IV Capital Levy Approved by Voters
Thank you Seattle! In February 2016, you approved the $475.3 million Buildings, Technology and Academics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy by more than 72 percent. This levy renews the expiring BTA III Capital Levy, which was approved by voters in 2009.
Please visit the BTA website for more information.
BTA IV Planning
The Seattle School Board has approved placing a $475.3 million Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy ballot measure on the Feb. 9, 2015, special election ballot. This six-year levy replaces the expiring BTA III Capital Levy approved by voters in February 2010. Seattle Public Schools (Seattle School District No. 1) has the lowest property tax rate of any large school district in King County.
BTA IV projects were selected based on the School Board’s guiding principles, the long-range Facilities Master Plan, the Facilities Conditions Assessment (Meng) report and input from school staff and the public.
The BTA capital program has three major components:
- Buildings improvements: $335.4 million
- Technology improvements: $104.7 million
- Academics/Athletics improvements: $35.2 million
- Levies 2016 - Superintendent Letter
- Levies Information-Winter 2016 Information
- Levies 2016 Summary and News Update
- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
The Capital Annual Report provides an update on Building Excellence (BEX) and Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics (BTA) capital projects through December 31, 2014.
The Capital Programs Annual Report is designed to provide an update on BTA II, BTA III, BEX III and BEX IV projects through December 31, 2013.
The Capital Programs Annual Report is designed to provide a clear and detailed picture of the work done under BTA II, BTA III, and BEX III in 2012. It also provides a preview of what will be done in 2013.
Superintendent's Message: Thank you for approving the levies! Read the letter here.