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Facilities plan released; PPS seeks bond input

May 07, 2012

Following the release of a 10-year facilities plan prepared by a citizens committee studying building issues, Portland Public Schools is hosting three meetings to gather input on school construction bond options.

Is it time to upgrade school buildings?

The district is holding three meetings for families, teachers, students and  neighbors to share their views:
  • Tuesday, May 22 – Roosevelt High School Cafeteria, 6941 N. Central St. 
  • Wednesday, May 23 – Madison High School Cafeteria, 2735 N.E. 82nd Ave. 
  • Thursday, May 24 – Lincoln High School Cafeteria, 1600 S.W. Salmon St.

Each meeting will start with an open house from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. followed by a presentation and discussion from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The district will provide free child care and interpretation services in Spanish, Somali, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian.

Since December, the Long Range Facilities Plan Advisory Committee has been meeting to learn about PPS buildings and determine options for long-term improvements.

The nearly three-dozen committee members include business leaders, educators, engineering and construction professionals, representatives of other local government agencies, parents and community leaders.

The committee's plan recommends that the community engage in a series of school construction bonds over many years. It has developed four school-construction scenarios to illustrate possible approaches to begin the work. A bond development committee will translate these options into school-specific proposals for the community to consider at three upcoming public meetings (see sidebar).

Key questions that school district leaders are asking are:

  • Should the school district consider putting a school construction bond before voters?
  • What kinds of building improvements do you want to see in schools?
  • Which schools should be upgraded?

In June, the school board will consider feedback from the community meetings along with the committee’s recommendations to determine next steps.

To learn more go online or call 503-916-3817. To speak to a bilingual staff member in Spanish, call 503-916-3582; Russian, 503-916-3583; Vietnamese, 503-916-3584; Chinese, 503-916-3585, or Somali, 503-916-3586.

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