BTA I Overview and Highlights
The $150 million Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics (BTA I) capital levy was approved by voters in February 1998. BTA I funded more than 465 small and large facility projects at every school in the city. The projects included safety and security upgrades, roof and window replacements and technology and athletic field upgrades.
Specifically, BTA I covered:
- Buildings: Replace the most critical roofs; continue the seismic mitigation program started in the early 1980s; replace windows to protect the building and improve energy efficiency; provide life safety improvements; upgrade fire alarms; provide better ADA access, to include elevators; do selected hazardous materials abatement to reduce future maintenance costs; replace heat pumps that will be at the end of their useful life to improve energy efficiency and reduce repair and maintenance costs; improve science and art facilities in all secondary schools.
- Technology: Provide power upgrades to replace worn systems and support technology; upgrade technology to provide data network infrastructure and telephones/intercoms to all classrooms and offices.
- Athletic Fields: Upgrade athletic facilities and fields at several high schools; improve gymnasiums at secondary schools.