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    Majority of BEX IV Projects Complete
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    Concrete being installed at the new entry for Loyal Heights, March 2018

    Majority of BEX IV Projects Complete as BEX V Planning Continues

    With Loyal Heights Elementary nearing completion for opening in September 2018, nearly all of the 17 major construction projects included in the Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy have been opened and welcomed students and staff. Pictured here: concrete being installed at the new entry for Loyal Heights in March 2018. Read more about BEX project updates at Loyal Heights.

    The state provides limited funding for capital (building) projects, so the district asks Seattle voters to consider capital levies to provide these funds. Capital levies provide the majority of funding for school construction, school modernization and renovations, earthquake safety upgrades and major maintenance projects such as roof replacement. These levies also fund technology improvements and track and field upgrades.

    Each school provides 21st century learning environments to challenge students while keeping them safe and engaged. By providing a variety of flexible learning environments in addition to classrooms, these schools can better support students in a variety of ways, which is essential in eliminating the opportunity gap. (Project summaries and photo galleries are available through the links.)

    The $694.9 million Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy was approved by more than 72 percent of Seattle voters in February 2013 and expires in 2019. Planning is underway for a replacement capital levy, Building Excellence V (BEX V). Read more about levy planning at Seattle Public Schools.

    Schools Opened in 2017

    Five ribbon-cutting events were held in Fall 2017 for newly constructed or modernized schools.

    Aerial photo of schoolsCascadia Elementary, Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Licton Springs K-8

    Two school buildings housing three schools replaced the aging buildings that made up the former Wilson-Pacific campus. Landmarked murals by artist Andrew Morrison were preserved, stored and installed as part of the new schools.

    Cascadia Elementary serves students in kindergarten through 5th grade who are part of the district’s highly capable cohort (HCC). Robert Eagle Staff Middle School provides additional middle school capacity for northwest Seattle. Licton Springs K-8 School, an option school, occupies one wing of the middle school building with a separate entrance. Pictured here: an aerial photo of the Cascadia, Eagle Staff and Licton Springs campus. Read more about BEX projects at Cascadia, Eagle Staff and Licton Springs.

    Meany Middle School

    By renovating and modernizing the existing Meany school building, a new comprehensive 21st century middle school was created to provide additional middle school capacity for the central Seattle region. Meany's library is pictured below. Read more about BEX project at Meany.

    Olympic Hills Elementary

    This newly constructed school replaced the former building on the Olympic Hills campus with a larger, modern building. In addition to providing a new learning environment, the new school is larger and helps meet the need for more capacity in northeast Seattle. Olympic Hills art room is pictured below. Read more about the BEX project at Olympic Hills.

    In addition, two school buildings were repurposed using BEX IV funding to house new programs: Cedar Park Elementary (option school) and Decatur Elementary (HCC).

    Meany LibraryOlympic Hills art room
    Above left: Meany Middle School library. Above right: Olympic Hills Elementary art room.

     

    Earlier School Openings

    Since 2014, eight other BEX IV funded major construction projects opened to provide optimal learning environments for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. The remaining BEX IV construction projects will be completed and opened in Fall 2018, Fall 2019 and Fall 2020.

    Jane Addams Middle School: modernization/renovation for new school, opened Fall 2014. Read more about the BEX project at Jan Addams.

    Arbor Heights Elementary School: new construction replacement for existing program and expanded capacity, opened Fall 2016. Read more about the BEX project at Arbor Heights.

    Fairmount Park Elementary: modernization/addition for new attendance area school, opened Fall 2014. Read more about the BEX project at Fairmount Park.

    Genesee Hill Elementary School: new construction replacement to house Schmitz Park program and expand capacity, opened Fall 2016. Read more about the BEX project at Genesee Hill.

    Hazel Wolf K-8 at Pinehurst: new construction replacement to house existing program previously housed in Jane Addams building, opened Fall 2016. Read more about the BEX project at Hazel Wolf.

    Nova High School at Horace Mann: modernization/addition to house and expand existing program, opened Fall 2015. Read more about the BEX project at Nova.

    Seattle World School at T.T. Minor: modernization/addition to house and expand existing program, opened Fall 2016. Read more about the BEX project at Seattle World School.

    Thornton Creek Elementary: new construction for existing program to add more capacity, opened Fall 2016. Read more about the BEX project at Thornton Creek.

    The remaining BEX IV construction projects will be completed and opened in Fall 2018, Fall 2019 and Fall 2020.

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