Thanks to Portland voters for approving the $482 million bond in November, PPS will prioritize high school modernizations – completely rebuilding Franklin, Grant and Roosevelt high schools and creating master plans for the other six high schools – as well as seismic strengthening, science lab improvements and increased accessibility at dozens of schools.
In addition, the bond will cover the rebuilding of Faubion PK-8 School in partnership with neighboring Concordia University. Concordia students complete their student teaching at Faubion in a well-developed partnership between the two institutions.
“We are excited to get started on reshaping and strengthening our school buildings for the 21st century,” said Superintendent Carole Smith. “Starting this summer, the investment of Portland residents will begin serving our students and our city for generations to come.”
Summer work commencing
Summer school building improvement work at six schools kicks-off immediately after the students are dismissed for summer break June 14:
PPS and its contractors aim to complete the summer work in time for students to return to class in the fall and have been working with the City of Portland to manage impacts on surrounding neighborhoods.
What can neighbors expect?
The PPS Office of School Modernization, firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-916-2222, can answer any questions about the work.
High school design work begins next Fall
Citizen advisory groups will begin meeting this summer for the first school rebuilding projects at Roosevelt and Franklin high schools. More information on public meeting dates and locations for school designs will be posted on the bond website once design teams have been hired later this summer.
Community helps shape how Portland rebuilds schools
This bond is the first step in a community-led plan to rebuild all Portland schools over the next 30 years. As PPS launches the school rebuilding work, Portland’s modernized schools must reflect Portland’s vision for education.
Since February, PPS has engaged dozens of community groups in a broad community visioning discussion to help shape the school facilities of the future. Planners have heard from students, parent groups, futurists and other community members – you can read their input here. Their input will produce a long-term vision to guide how modernized schools should be designed and built.
It’s your turn. Share your vision by taking this short, but important, survey.
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