Dear PPS Families and Community:
Portland schools are in critical need of repair. Most were built before World War II, and many are in need of renovation and upgrade to provide students with modern learning environments and to address unsafe conditions. Testing last summer showed that 99 percent of our schools have at least one cold water fixture that tested above acceptable EPA levels of lead. Many of our schools’ roofs are beyond their useful life, and some frequently leak. Fire safety systems at most schools are insufficient, and 42 of PPS’ schools lack sprinkler systems in case of a fire.
This week, Portland Public Schools staff presented several options for a May 2017 Health, Safety, and Modernization Bond to the Board of Education, which would continue PPS’ long-term plan to modernize and improve the health, safety, and learning environments at every school through a series of capital construction bonds.
Thank you for your continued support during this unusual winter weather. We understand and share your frustration with the number of school closures and wanted to give you an update about how we believe we can make up some of the lost instruction over the next five months of the school year.