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School Levy Information: Input needed and Encouraged!

Planning for the 2019 Levies Election

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

Planning is currently underway for the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy. The six-year levy would replace the expiring Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy approved by voters in 2013. BEX V would fund capital improvements including projects to modernize or replace aging buildings with modern, operationally efficient educational facilities. BEX V would also fund technology for student learning, district systems, and infrastructure and security.

The district is also planning for the three-year Operations Levy, which would replace the current Operations Levy approved by Seattle voters in 2016. This levy helps fund day-to-day operations and pays for critical programs and services that are not fully funded by the state.

We want your input

Community meetings

In April, five regional community meetings will be held to share the planning process and possible projects. District staff members will share information, listen to and collect feedback, and answer questions.

For language interpretation services, please send an email to publicaffairs@seattleschools.org or call 206-252-0070 five days in advance. 

For ASL interpretation, please email publicaffairs@seattleschools.orgfive days in advance of the meeting.

All meetings will take place from 6:30–8:15 p.m.

 April Community Meetings Presentation

Direct contact

You may also email your questions and comments.

West Seattle Blog coverage can be found here

Timeline

Sept. 2017: School Board Work Session on BEX V Capital Levy planning

Dec. 2017: School Board Work Session on BEX V Capital Levy planning

March 28, 2018: School Board Work Session on BEX V Capital Levy planning

April 2-26, 2018: Community meetings in five regions

June 2018: Home language outreach focus groups

May-August 2018: Review feedback, evaluate and refine priorities, analyze latest data

Sept. 2018: Community meetings in five regions to present levies scope

Oct. 2018: Levies Board Work Session & School Board Operations Committee report

Oct./Nov. 2018: Board Introduction: Staff recommendations for both levies presented

Oct/Nov. 2018: Levies 2019 Public Hearing

Oct./Nov. 2018: School Board Action/vote to adopt the levies and place them on the ballot for the February 2019 Special Election

Jan. 2019: Ballots mailed to voters

Feb. 12, 2019: Deadline to return ballots

 

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