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Students explore bond-related careers    March 5, 2014

More than 80 Franklin students learned about construction-related careers while participating in a lively, hands-on competition Feb. 25 hosted by the PPS bond’s Franklin High School Modernization Team.
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Is PPS spending $482m bond well?  January 23, 2014

When Portland voters approved a $482 million bond to upgrade schools in the area, an expansion of existing schools was not mentioned. But a KOIN 6 News investigation reveals the expansion plans can be done along with the voter-approved upgrades and still come in on — or under — budget. [Read more]

Board green lights Franklin, Roosevelt master plans; construction 2015   December 17, 2013

The School Board approved master plans for modernized Franklin and Roosevelt high schools by a unanimous vote at the board meeting Dec. 16. The vote keeps both projects on track for construction to begin in the summer of 2015 with completion anticipated for the fall of 2017. [Read more]

PPS confirms Marshall as home for Grant during modernization     December 11, 2013

PPS staff confirmed Tuesday that Grant High School classes, programs and activities would move to the Marshall campus in Southeast Portland during the modernization work at Grant starting in summer 2017 and continuing through summer 2019. Franklin High School will use Marshall as their temporary home from summer 2015 to summer 2017. [Read more]

New schools taking shape at bond's one-year anniversary. November 11, 2013

One year ago this month, Portland voters said yes to rebuilding PPS schools through an eight-year, $482 million School Building Improvement Bond. Franklin juniors Sierra Hosea and Maria Carlson were too young to vote, but that didn’t stop them from being involved then and now. [Read more]

Communities help design their future schools. October 28, 2013

Families and community members have spent the fall helping plan for the modernization of Franklin and Roosevelt high schools and a complete rebuild of Faubion PK-8, [Read more]

Oregon Live, “Steve Duin: Concordia, Faubion and the makings of a beautiful friendshipOctober 15, 2013

For more than 50 years, they lived across the street from one another in Northeast Portland, neighbors and casual admirers.[Read more]

Oregon Live, “Franklin and Grant high schools to be built even larger in new Portland Public Schools construction proposal” September 24, 2013

Portland's Franklin and Grant high schools would be large enough to hold about 16 percent more students than initially planned under a new construction proposal from Portland Public Schools officials. [Read more]

Portland Public Schools News, “Public invited to Franklin and Roosevelt high school design workshops” September 04, 2013

PPS is modernizing Franklin and Roosevelt high schools and invites the public to participate in upcoming design workshops [Read more]

KGW, “Returning students see major improvements at Alameda” September 04, 2013

Students and parents Wednesday at Alameda school got a first-hand look at major upgrades to one of five Portland schools improved over the summer. [Read more]

Portland Public Schools News, “School year launches with successful summer bond projects” September 04, 2013

Major roof and seismic upgrades at five schools were completed this summer in time for students to return [Read more]

Oregon Live, “Portland Public Schools bond work wraps up before new school year” September 02, 2013

When Portland Public Schools students return to classes this week, most of the work related to a massive $482 million bond will be invisible to them. [Read more]

OPB Radio, “Sounds Of Summer: The Sound Of Work” August 15, 2013

Portlanders who live near schools can expect to hear banging and other sounds of school construction over the next five summers. [Read more]

OPB Radio, “Time Running Out for Portland School Construction Projects” August 8, 2013

Oregon’s largest school district has less than a month to complete major construction projects before students return. [Read more]

Oregon Live,“Roofing at Laurelhurst School” August 6, 2013

The original school was built in the early 1920's and the contractor figures the roof hadn't been ripped off since then.[Read more]

KOIN, “Portland school upgrades, repairs on track
August 6, 2013

Five Portland public schools are getting seismic upgrades this summer thanks to a $482 million bond approved by voters last November. [Read more]


KGW, “Portland schools get upgrades with bond money”
July 2, 2013

School is out but the school work is just beginning for construction crews across Portland. [Read more]


KPTV, “Portland schools to get much needed restorations,”
June 12, 2013

Some of Portland's public schools will be getting some much needed renovations this summer thanks to a $482 million bond passed by voters. [Read more]


Portland Business Journal, “School’s out: now the hard work begins.”
June 12, 2013

Portland Public Schools break for the summer on Friday. That means it’s time to begin the hard work of implementing a $482 million capital program.. [Read more]



KOIN, “Portland schools get makeover with bond money.”
June 11, 2013

Beginning now and lasting through the summer, six Portland schools will take the first steps in an eight-year program to improve the buildings. [Read more]


Bond takes to the rooftops, PPS school transformation begins
June 7, 2013

This month Portland Public Schools launches roof replacements and seismic and science lab upgrades at six schools as the first step of an eight-year school building improvement bond. The PPS bond, the largest school construction program in state history, will begin transforming Portland schools for 21st century learning. [Read more]


The Oregonian, Portland Public Schools to hold summit for input on bond projects.”
May 28, 2013

Portland Public Schools today will ask community members about their visions for the construction projects slated to be completed as part of a record-breaking $482 million capital bond. [Read more]


Portland Tribune, “Critics rain on PPS plan to omit solar roofs.”
May 23, 2013

Portland Public Schools is preparing to spend the first chunk of its voter-approved $482 million construction bond money — but even before the work has begun, it’s getting some backlash. [Read more]


KPTV, “Study: 1,000 Oregon schools would crumble in a major quake.”
May 8, 2013

More than 1,000 Oregon schools would crumble in the event of a powerful earthquake. Those are the troubling findings of a study done at the state level that has prompted the legislature to offer up financial aid to schools deemed high risk. [Read more]


KPTV, “Study: 1,000 Oregon schools would crumble in a major quake.”
May 8, 2013

More than 1,000 Oregon schools would crumble in the event of a powerful earthquake. Those are the troubling findings of a study done at the state level that has prompted the legislature to offer up financial aid to schools deemed high risk. [Read more]


Portland Public Schools receives approval to issue school capital improvement bonds
April 8, 2013

Portland Public Schools will move forward with issuing up to $165 million dollars of bonds for capital projects to improve schools as the first step in financing the $482 million dollar capital bond improvement plan voters approved in November 2012, with 66 percent of the vote. Bonds will be issued following a school board vote last week. [Read more]


Bond Update
February 27, 2013

The school building improvement bond that voters approved in November gives all Portlanders an historic chance to reimagine how our schools create learning spaces that help our students and teachers to do their best work. [Read more]


Community input shapes bond implementation
February 25, 2013

School district staff updated school board members on how and when community involvement will shape the implementation of the 8-year, $482 million school building improvement bond. [Read more]


Bond project timeline takes shape
January 28, 2013

On Jan. 28, Operations staff provided the Portland School Board with further details about the implementation of an 8-year school construction bond to upgrade three high schools and replace one PK-8; as well as improve seismic safety, fix leaking roofs and provide greater access at 63 additional schools. [Read more]


Portland Tribune, "Roosevelt sees hope in bond projects"
January 10, 2013

There’s one classroom at Roosevelt High School that used to be so crowded, some students had to sit in the window sill because there was no space for more desks. [Read more]