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    BEX V Planning Moving Forward
    Posted on 05/17/2018
    Graphic with text "Seattle Public Schools 2019 School Levies."

    Board Actions Move BEX V Planning Forward

    At the May 9, 2018, School Board meeting, the School Board Directors adopted guiding principles for the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy. These principles provide direction as staff continues work to develop a list of recommendations on what should be included in BEX V, which is a replacement for the BEX IV Capital Levy expiring in 2019.

    BEX V, as well as renewal of the district’s Operations Levy, will be sent to Seattle voters for the February 2019 election.

    Guiding Principles for BEX V

    The Board’s Guiding Principles for the Building Excellence V Capital Levy include an introductory paragraph that directs that decisions be made with the overarching framework of Ensuring Educational and Racial Equity as described in Board Policy No. 0030. Read the guiding principles.

    Task Force

    At the same meeting, the School Board approved formation of a task force to support the Board’s planning by reviewing elements of the district’s long-range Facilities Master Plan. The short-term task force will focus on specific elements of the Facilities Master Plan: the capacity analysis and the scoring of the Board’s priorities. More information on this task force will be available soon.

    The Board will next review BEX V planning efforts at a Board Work Session on May 30.

    Other Updates

    Beyond the work of the School Board, staff continue their planning efforts including reviewing community feedback and analyzing the latest data.

    • Five regional community engagement meetings were held in April.
      • The questions asked at the meetings or by comment card are being used to develop a Frequently Asked Questions page on the website.
      • The input and comments received are being reviewed by the Capital Planning and Projects team as they continue to evaluate potential construction projects and will be shared with the Seattle School Board to help inform their decisions.
    • Additional community input continues to be collected through emails to
    • Community engagement continues with language-based meetings planned for June.
    • Work will begin soon on an assessment of district school buildings in order to update the Facilities Master Plan.
    • The Department of Technology Services continues work to refine potential technology projects and support services for inclusion in the BEX V Capital Levy. Learn more about planning for the 2019 operations levy and BEX V capital levy, including a timeline.

    Read previous levies updates: