Seattle Public Schools releases its Facility Condition Assessment Report for 2014
Seattle Public Schools continues to see an increase in students every
year, with more than 53,000 students attending our 97 schools in the
2014-15 school year.
To help the district ensure enough classroom space for all students –
current and future – as well as to keep up with maintenance for many of
our aging school buildings, the district hires a firm specializing in
the architectural, engineering and planning of K-12 schools to study and
provide a detailed report on the condition of our school buildings. The
2014 Facility Condition Assessment report is a great tool that helps us
identify work to be done by ranking buildings in need of maintenance
and repair. Please click here to view the report.
Thanks to Seattle voters, who have approved our capital levies every
three years since 1998, 17 schools are being replaced or modernized as
part of the Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) capital levy. The demolition
of a number of aged buildings with high repair costs ensures that the
District will reduce its backlog of maintenance and repair (BMAR) of SPS
school buildings from $507 million in 2014 to $342 million once BEX IV
and BTA III projects are completed – a reduction of 32 percent. However,
much more repair work needs to be done.
The Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) capital
levy will be submitted to Seattle voters in February 2016 and will
replace the expiring BTA III levy. It will align projects with the focus
and direction of BEX IV and the Facilities Master Plan and will include
critical major maintenance at a large number of schools, improve safety
and security, provide key technology services and invest in capital
expenditures that improve the teaching and learning environment.
“By studying the new 2014 Facility Condition Assessment report, we know there is much more work to do on many of our buildings for us to meet
our mission of equitable access, closing the opportunity gaps and
provide excellence in education for every student,” said Dr. Flip
Herndon, Assistant Superintendent for Capital, Facilities and Enrollment
Planning. “This report will help us prioritize our work and gear up for
the BTA IV capital levy.”
The district will engage the community over the next 13 months and ask
for input and feedback with regard to projects to be included in the BTA
IV capital levy.
For more information on past BEX capital projects, please visit this link.
For more information on BTA projects, please visit this link.