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A message from the Superintendent

Oct. 9, 2012


Dear Seattle Public Schools families, staff and community:

Superintendent Jose BandaAs you all know, Seattle Public Schools is growing. We may have 50,000 students by the end of this school year.

Today we are writing to update you on our enrollment growth challenges. We have two levies up for renewal in February 2013 – our Operations Levy and our Building Excellence (BEX IV) IV Capital Levy.

Our BEX IV levy will include a list of recommended projects for 2014-2021, which we are presenting to the School Board at a work session 5:45-7:15 p.m., Oct. 10 at the John Stanford Center. A final vote by the Board is expected in November.

Below is a summary of currently proposed projects under consideration for BEX IV:

  • Arbor Heights Elementary: Replace existing building with new/expanded facility by 2019. The school will be at an interim site starting in 2017. We understand the building is in need of replacement, but we will not have enough cash flow from levy funding to move this project up within BEX. However, we will analyze the pros and cons of other funding options to hopefully start this work sooner.

  • Bagley Elementary: Modernize and build an addition by 2020.

  • Fairmount Park building: Open this existing building with necessary upgrades, add classrooms and a lunchroom by 2014.

  • Jane Addams K-8: Move to Pinehurst K-8 and open Jane Addams building as a middle school by 2015. We will work with the Pinehurst community on next steps for the school.

  • Lincoln building: Modernize and open as a new high school by 2019.

  • Loyal Heights Elementary: Modernize and build addition by 2018.

  • Mann building: Modernize and build addition for NOVA by 2014.

  • Meany Middle School: Reconfigure for a comprehensive central region middle school by 2017.

  • Northeast Seattle elementary school: To meet growing capacity, add K-5 school on Thornton Creek site by 2016.

  • Olympic Hills: Replace existing building with a new/expanded facility by 2017.

  • Queen Anne Elementary: Build classroom and gym addition to the building by 2019.

  • Schmitz Park Elementary: Replace existing Genesee Hill building with a new/expanded facility on the Genesee Hill site; relocate Schmitz Park to the new facility by 2015.

  • Wilson-Pacific: Replace building with a new elementary and a new middle school for additional capacity by 2017. We will work with the Cascade Parent Partnership Program and Middle College on determining new locations.

  • Wing Luke Elementary: Replace existing building with a new/expanded facility by 2020.

  • World School: We are continuing to work on finalizing a location.

These projects were chosen with four criteria in mind: 1) safety and security, 2) meeting capacity needs, 3) building condition and 4) maximizing flexibility for programs and services.

In addition, the BEX IV plan includes:

  • Technology improvements: Wireless in every school and needed hardware upgrades.

  • Seismic improvements: About 50 schools would receive seismic upgrades.

  • Lunchroom and core facilities: New lunchrooms at Green Lake and McGilvra elementary schools.

  • Science labs at Aki Kurose, Mercer, McClure and Eckstein middle schools.

  • Major preventive maintenance and infrastructure improvements.


  • Interim downtown school: Dependent upon external partnership funding.

  • Capacity flexibility: Building larger core facilities to provide for expansion and including academic program placement and services close to where families live.

The latest BEX IV list of possible projects totals about $675 million. Additional information is online at http://bit.ly/SPSBEX . We invite families and community members to attend a public meeting to learn more about the BEX projects and to offer public testimony.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 5:45-7:15 p.m. – Board Work Session, John Stanford Center (information only, no public testimony).

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4:15 p.m. – Regular School Board meeting, expected introduction of BEX IV list. Public testimony taken (prior sign-up required).

  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4-5 p.m. – BEX IV and Operations levies public comment session, John Stanford Center. Public testimony taken.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 7, 4:15 p.m. – School Board meeting, expected vote on BEX IV project list.

In the meantime, we continue to collect, record and review all input. Please send comments to capacity@seattleschools.org.

Sincerely,




José Banda
Superintendent
Seattle Public Schools

 

Pegi McEvoy
Assistant Superintendent for Operations
Seattle Public Schools



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Jose Banda
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P.O. Box 34165
Seattle, WA 98124-1165

Phone: (206) 252-0180
Fax: (206) 252-0209






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