The Seattle School Board has approved placing a $475.3 million Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy ballot measure on the Feb. 9, 2015, special election ballot. This six-year levy replaces the expiring BTA III Capital Levy approved by voters in February 2010. Seattle Public Schools (Seattle School District No. 1) has the lowest property tax rate of any large school district in King County.
BTA IV projects were selected based on the School Board’s guiding principles, the long-range Facilities Master Plan, the Facilities Conditions Assessment (Meng) report and input from school staff and the public.
The BTA capital program has three major components:
- Buildings improvements: $335.4 million
- Technology improvements: $104.7 million
- Academics/Athletics improvements: $35.2 million
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A Report to the Community — Fall 2015
This report presents an overview of how funds from the 2010 BTA III Capital Levy, the 2013 Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy and the 2013 Operations Levy have been used to provide a quality education that prepares students for college, career and life in the 21st century.
BTA III (2010-2015)
Seattle Public Schools receives capital levy funds for BTA III from 2011 through 2016. Projects may continue after the levy expires due to scheduling, but no further funds are collected.
Following is a list of schools and facilities that have received improvements or upgrades in BTA III. To find out more, click on the school name.
- Salmon Bay
- Addams (Jane Addams)
- Aki Kurose
- Blaine (Catherine Blaine)
- Chief Sealth
- Coe (Franz Coe)
- Columbia Building
- Day (BF Day)
- Dearborn Park
- Eckstein Middle School
- Graham Hill
- Hay (John Hay)
- Marshall (John Marshall)
- Marshall (Thurgood Marshall)
- Memorial Stadium
- Olympic View
- Orca @ Whitworth
- Queen Anne
- Rainier Beach
- Rainier View
- Salmon Bay
- Sand Point
- Schmitz Park
- Thornton Creek @ Decatur
- Van Asselt Building–Interim Site
- View Ridge
- West Seattle High
- West Woodland Elementary
Previous BTA Levies
Seattle voters have generously approved Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics capital levies three times since 1998.
BTA II (2004-2012)
Approved by Seattle voters in 2004, BTA II projects began in 2005.
BTA I (1998-2004)
Approved by Seattle voters in 1998, BTA I projects began in 1998.