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Learn about, comment on High School System plan

April 27, 2010
Numerous opportunities are available to get engaged in the conversation about Superintendent Carole Smith's High School System plan before the Portland School Board votes on her recommendation in June.

Following are opportunities to learn about the plan and comment.

  • Watch Superintendent Carole Smith present the plan at the April 26 meeting of the Portland School Board.
  • Read the High School System plan. The plan includes how student and employee transitions would be handled at affected schools, including impacts on students not yet in high school.
  • Call the High School System plan hotline at 503-916-2801, supported in English, Somali, Russian, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese. Callers may record their comments or speak directly with hotline personnel. The hotline is available through June.
  • Pick up a High School System plan summary, available soon in school offices for staff and families. (This will be the same information that is available online.)
  • Send questions or comments about the proposed High School Action Plan via e-mail to highschools@pps.net.
  • Attend a community meeting on the proposal. All-district community meetings will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, at Madison High School and Tuesday, May 18, at Roosevelt High School.
  • Apply to join a High School System parent advisory committee or a Student Achievement and Innovation for Learning committee (the latter will include teachers, community leaders and student and family advocates). To apply, e-mail the superintendent.
Additionally, the school district will send informational letters to families who would be directly affected by the proposed changes.

Next steps

After hearing feedback, the school board is scheduled to take a series of votes on key aspects of the High School System plan on June 21. The new High School System would officially launch in fall 2011.

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