Seattle Public Schools


Guiding Principles

Building Excellence V (BEX V) Guiding Principles

Adopted by the School Board May 9, 2018

With the overarching framework of Ensuring Educational and Racial Equity (Board Policy No. 0030) where ?This means differentiating resource allocation, within budgetary limitations, to meet the needs of students who need more supports and opportunities to succeed academically?? the Board adopts the following guiding principles for the Building Excellence (BEX) V Capital Levy:

  • Building Safety and Security

Healthy, accessible and safe facilities to specifically include critical seismic upgrades, safe drinking water, security systems, emergency response equipment, sufficient core spaces (i.e. lunchrooms, libraries, and bathrooms), and safe playgrounds.

  • Right-Size Capacity

Plan for buildings to have sufficient classrooms and core facilities in permanent structure (i.e. typically less than 10 percent of school in temporary/portable classrooms) to match student enrollment demand and appropriate lot coverage.

  • Building Conditions and Educational Alignment

Prioritize renovating the poorest condition and most crowded schools to ensure healthy, inclusive and inspiring educational environments which appropriately support education programming.

  • Environmental and Financial Sustainability

Buildings to be constructed or renovated with a focus on conservation of resources both for ongoing operational costs as well as preservation of district investments.

  • Updating Technology

Balance investments between central office Infrastructure, student and employee data security and privacy, and updating classroom hardware and software with a focus on tools that assist student learning and enhance educator instruction.

Board Policy

In addition to the guiding principles adopted on May 9, the School Board Policy 6901 establishes priorities for selection of capital levy projects and directs that in addition, Guiding Principles will be set for each capital levy.

  • All projects should align with the district?s mission and vision.
  • The health, safety and security of students, staff and public are important and must be protected.
  • Capacity Management must be met to assure that the short-, intermediate- and long-term enrollment are matched with available space, taking into account costs and educational adequacy of facilities.
  • Building condition scores for building systems, such as exterior, HVAC, plumbing, structural shall be considered.
  • Educational adequacy of buildings shall be considered, focusing on raising student achievement.
  • Planning will take into account past capital projects and future levy plans.