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Community Meetings Set for Future Seattle Schools Levies

Planning is underway for two Seattle Public Schools levies to be placed on the February 2019 ballot.



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Planning is underway for two Seattle Public Schools (SPS) levies to be placed on the February 2019 ballot. These levies would replace the expiring Operations and Building Excellence IV levies. To begin providing information and answer questions about the prospective levies, the district is holding five community meetings.

The remaining regional meetings are as scheduled:

 

Tuesday, April 3 at Madison Middle School lunchroom, 3429-45th Ave SW

 Monday, April 23 at T.T. Minor School (Seattle World School) lunchroom, 1700 E. Union

Tuesday, April 24 at Jane Addams Middle School lunchroom, 11051-34th Avenue NE

Thursday, April 26 at Monroe School (Salmon Bay K-8) lunchroom, 1810 NW 65th Street

 

Meetings will take place from 6:30 - 8:15 p.m, where district staff will present information, listen to and collect input and feedback from the public, and answer questions.

The three-year Operations levy replaces the expiring Operations levy. The state’s new funding formula does not provide enough funding for the district to operate in full. This levy will help address the gap left by state funding and support special education, textbooks and classroom supplies, safety and security and student activities. Counselors and school nurses are among the other services, programs and positions supported by the Operations levy.

The six-year Building Excellence V (BEX V) capital levy would replace the expiring BEX IV capital levy. It will allow the district to continue construction of new school buildings and new additions or renovations to existing buildings to address enrollment and facilities condition needs. This levy will include projects to add more classroom space to meet growing enrollment needs, replace or repair school buildings and systems, improve earthquake safety and security needs, improve classroom technology and fund major preventive maintenance throughout the school district.

 

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