Senate budget includes $20.1M for Seattle Schools as House negotiations begin

OLYMPIA – In addition to nearly $1.1 billion for school construction statewide, Seattle Public Schools would receive a special allocation of $20.1 million dollars for school construction projects in the 2017 capital budget passed by the Washington State Senate, according to Sen. Reuven Carlyle.

“As Seattle grows, thousands of additional kids are filling our schools each year and we need to add classrooms,” said Carlyle.  “I’m excited that the Senate budget includes key funding to reopen Magnolia Elementary School, improve Queen Anne Elementary and complete Loyal Heights and much more.”

“We need to get kids out of portables throughout our district and into real classrooms where young minds can thrive in healthy learning environments,” said Carlyle.  “Quality classrooms and space is part of our state’s paramount duty of a good education.”

The Seattle Public School District has indicated it plans to use the funds for distressed schools to build six additional classrooms at Magnolia Elementary School and 10 additional classrooms at West Woodlands Elementary School.

$1.9 million will also be allocated to Loyal Heights Elementary School through the School Construction Assistance Program.