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    Planning for the 2019 Levies Election

    Updated Sept. 11, 2018

    In February 2019, Seattle voters will be asked to renew two levies to fund Seattle Public Schools — an Operations Levy and a Capital Levy.

    Renewal of the Operation Levy:

    • Funds critical day-to-day school operations
    • Pays for teacher salaries and instructional materials
    • Bridges the gap between what the state funds and what Seattle students need
    • Continues programs to provide support for students in need, which is helping SPS close the opportunity gap
    • Funds Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming

    Renewal of the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy:

    • Improves safety and security for students and staff
    • Reduces the number of portable classrooms
    • Adds schools and classrooms to the district
    • Improves technology infrastructure for schools
    • Provides access to classroom technology

    Why does the district have to ask voters to consider education levies?

    There is currently a gap between what the state funds and what Seattle students need. So every three years, the district asks voters to renew the operations levy. The levy funds critical needs of the district and maintains the quality of education that our students and families expect. This levy helps make up the gap to fund critical needs.

    For example, the state provides funding for just nine school nurses (for all 53,000 students), but the district employs 63. The state funds 115 school counselors, but the district employs 125. The state funds 236 custodians, but the district employs 312.

    Washington state only partially funds construction of new schools, school additions, and major maintenance and repairs. It’s up to the local community to fund these projects through voter-approved levies. Seattle Public Schools has historically had strong support from our community to ensure our students have enough classroom space to learn.

    We want your input

    Community Meetings

    Five regional meetings will be held in schools across the district in September to share updates on planning for the renewal levies.

    • Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6:30–8 p.m.: Ingraham High School Library
    • Thursday, Sept. 13, 6:30–8 p.m.: West Seattle High School lunchroom
    • Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30–8 p.m.: Mercer International Middle School lunchroom
    • Monday, Sept. 24, 6:30–8 p.m.: Roosevelt High School lunchroom
    • Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6:30–8 p.m.: Meany Middle School lunchroom

    Meeting presentation adobe PDF icon 
    Link to School Board Work Session on BEX V Planning on Aug. 22, 2018

    Task Force

    July through September 2018: The Facilities Master Plan Review Task Force will help support the school board’s oversight of capital planning by reviewing elements of the district’s draft long-range Facility Master Plan, which is used in development of capital levy programs. Read more about the Facilities Master Plan Review Task Force.

    Levies Calendar, Timeline and Updates

    Levies Updates

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    Contact Us

    Operations Levy: budget

    BEX V: capitallevy2019

    Mailing Address:
    Levies 2019
    Seattle Public Schools
    M.S. 22-336
    P.O. Box 34165
    Seattle, WA 98124-1165


    Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy Projects
    BEX website

    Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy Projects
    BTA website