After months of conversations with city planners and business leaders, Seattle school-district administrators have acknowledged the likely need for a school in the northern part of downtown and agreed to participate in a feasibility study.

Officials stressed the effort is in its preliminary stages, with much discussion and many decisions to come including how the building would be financed, where exactly it would be located, when it would open and which grade levels it would serve.

But the first draft of projects for Seattle Public Schools' next construction levy, presented to parents and community members last week, included $32 million to open a 500-student elementary in the South Lake Union area in 2019.

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