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    Buildings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics III (BTA III) Capital Levy

    Levy amount: $270 million
    Approved: February 2010 by 73.45% of Seattle voters
    Replaced: Buildings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics II (BTA II) Capital Levy

    BTA III provided funds for projects that benefited every school in the district and helped ensure a safe, secure learning environment for every student. 


    • Created a preventive maintenance program with predictable schedules to inspect, service, and paint buildings and equipment. A change to state law allowed use of capital funds for preventive maintenance for the first time.
    • Replaced all or portions of roofs and made related earthquake safety improvements at 16 schools and Memorial Stadium, protecting students, staff, and the integrity of the building.
    • Installed fire suppression/sprinklers and/or ADA-compliant life safety systems at 15 schools to increase safety and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
    • Reinforced building masonry to improve earthquake safety at six schools to protect students, staff, and the building structure.
    • Installed new heating, ventilation, and cooling systems (HVAC) at 10 buildings to improve air quality and energy efficiency, and to more effectively control the temperature in the classrooms.
    • Installed geothermal ground-source heat pumps at three schools to enhance energy efficiency, reduce carbon footprint, and allow more effective control over building temperatures.
    • Installed high-efficiency boilers at three schools to enhance energy efficiency, reduce carbon footprint, and allow more effective control over building temperatures.
    • Replaced waterlines at 11 schools to improve water quality. Two additional schools were scheduled for this work, and it was completed during the Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy projects at those schools.
    • Funded scheduled replacement of equipment such as dishwashers, ovens, and serving equipment for school kitchens; large and small lawn mowers for district gardeners; and carpet cleaning equipment used by district custodians.
    • Upgraded electrical systems at three buildings. An additional school was scheduled for this work, and it was completed during the Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy project at that school.
    • Replaced windows and upgraded exterior walls at four schools to improve energy efficiency and enhance comfort.
    • Installed security cameras and other security hardware at Roosevelt High School.


    • Expanded student information systems through migration to a new system.
    • Provided instructional technology support through professional development so teachers could better use technology as a learning tool.
    • Funded library technology services support to provide better access to online materials and services.
    • Implemented a new academic data management system that integrates multiple sources of information.
    • Provided student computer hardware and improved the wireless network for implementation of the Cleveland High School STEM program.
    • Upgraded website technology to provide better information sharing for students, families, and staff.
    • Implemented disaster recovery systems for priority information technology.
    • Expanded software to automate key business services including an electronic records management systems, and enhancements to operational systems and services.
    • Replaced the oldest classroom computers and provided additional computers to create a 3-1 ratio of students to computers.
    • Replaced networks connecting schools to central office.
    • Upgraded network capacity at schools.
    • Increased Internet capacity.
    • Replaced outdated servers.
    • Improved systems for managing program upgrades.


    • Expanded student assessment system to provide real-time information on student progress.
    • Made building modifications for Special Education services.
    • Supported state graduation requirements by adding additional science and computer labs at two high schools.
    • Created Early Learning classrooms at four Title 1 schools.
    • Supported creation of STEM program at Cleveland High School.
    • Renovated and opened Horace Mann building to house Nova Alternative High School. This project was originally planned to make improvements to the Meany building to meet Nova's needs. It was changed when Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) provided funds to upgrade and open the Mann Building to provide a new location for Nova Alternative School.
    • Modernized and opened Cedar Park school to serve as an interim school during construction to replace Olympic Hills Elementary.
    • Renovated and opened five schools to meet growth in student enrollment and to support the new student assignment plan, which was designed to serve students closer to home.
    • Made changes to buildings and portables to support program placement, and acquired new, capital-eligible program and curriculum materials.
    • Began development of a distributed model Skills Center to create advanced Career and Technical Education programs throughout the district.
    • Replaced fields, resurfaced tracks, and upgraded lighting for energy efficiency at nine locations.