2015 Capital Programs Annual Report
The 2015 Capital Programs Annual Report was delivered to the Seattle School Board in May 2016. It provides an update on BTA III and BEX IV capital projects underway or completed by December 31, 2015.
2014 Capital Programs Annual Report
The 2014 Capital Programs Annual Report was delivered to the Seattle School Board in May 2015. It provides an update on capital projects underway or completed by December 31, 2014.
2013 Capital Programs Annual Report
The Capital Programs Annual Report is designed to provide an update on BTA II, BTA III, BEX III and BEX IV projects through December 31, 2013.
Report to the Community 2012
Seattle Public Schools is committed to bring accountable for the funds provided by Seattle taxpayers. This Levy Report (Report to the Community 2012) presents an overview of how previously approved levy funds have been spent to support public education in Seattle.
Capital Programs Annual Reports
Each spring, Capital Projects and Planning prepares an annual report for the Seattle School Board on projects underway or completed during the previous calendar year.
- Spring 2013: Capital Programs Annual Report for 2012
- Spring 2012: Capital Programs Annual Report for 2011
- Spring 2011: Capital Programs Annual Report for 2010
Summer Projects Underway
When school lets out for summer, work begins on Buildings, Technology and Academics (BTA) projects. BTA work is typically done while school is not in session to minimize disruption to learning and teaching. This year, projects take place that are funded by both the BTA II levy, which was passed in 2004, and the BTA III levy, which voters approved last year.
In addition, many schools will be benefitting from the first round of energy-efficiency upgrades funded by grants from the Washington State Department of Commerce and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. See below for more information about these grants.
More than 50 schools are receiving important energy-efficiency upgrades, thanks to $13 million in energy grants from the Washington State Department of Commerce and the Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction.
Awarded through a competitive process, these grants may be used solely for energy and cost savings projects. They are a critical supplement to existing funding from the Buildings, Technology and Academics II (BTA II) levy approved by Seattle voters in 2004, and the BTA III levy passed in 2009.
Seattle Public Schools received 17 energy-efficiency improvement grant awards for a total of $7.46 million from the Washington State Department of Commerce and three grant awards for a total of $5.58 million from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Energy efficiency projects will include:
- Energy management control systems (EMCS) installation
- Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and controls replacement
- Hot water boilers replacement
- Reroofing and roof insulation installation
- Thermal pane windows installation
- Ground source heat pumps installation
- Lighting controls installation to retrofit lighting in gymnasiums
These projects will have several benefits. Not only will the students and staff enjoy a more stable, comfortable and productive learning and teaching environment, but also cost savings will result in long-lasting paybacks to Seattle Public Schools. Additionally, the district’s carbon footprint will be lessened.
Energy efficiency projects build on SPS’s commitment to reduce the use of energy, water and other natural resources and encourage recycling. As member of the Seattle Climate Partnership, we committed to reducing green house gas (GHG) emissions by 7% by 2012. We have exceeded our GHG goal by reducing emissions by 9% in the past year.
Visit the SPS Natural Resources Conservation webpage for more information on conservation policies, procedures and activities.
Levy Results — Thank you, Seattle!
The $270M, six-year capital levy, Buildings, Technology and Academics III (BTA III), garnered support from 73.45 percent of those voting in the February 2010 levy election. This levy is part of Seattle Public Schools’ long-range plan to upgrade and renovate aging school facilities on a planned and predictable timetable. BTA III replaced the expiring Buildings, Technology and Academics II (BTA II) levy, which was approved by voters in 2004.
In addition, Seattle voters overwhelmingly approved the three-year, $442.7M Operations Levy with 74.9 percent voting yes. This levy accounts for nearly one-quarter of the district’s annual operating budget, and replaced the expiring operations levy previously approved by Seattle voters.
For detailed information on the BTA III Levy and the Operations Levy on the February 9, 2010, ballot, please refer to the Levy Information Brochure.