School modernization and improvement projects will touch almost every school over the coming months with security upgrades, new roofs, asbestos remediation, new fire alarms, ADA improvements and a seismic retrofit.
In addition, construction has begun on a modernized Madison High School and a new Kellogg Middle School, plus a newly modernized Grant High School will re-open at the start of the school year. Besides construction projects, design work is continuing on the Lincoln High rebuild project that is slated to begin in early 2020 and on the Benson Polytechnic modernization project. Benson construction will get underway in the summer of 2021.
New seismically strengthened roofs are underway at Sitton and Rigler Elementary Schools and Jackson Middle. In addition, Rigler and Rose City Park will get new elevators. Work began this summer on a two year seismic retrofit of Hayhurst Elementary that will bring the school up to immediate occupancy rating. Jefferson High will receive a fire alarm upgrades and a new fire sprinkler system. Lead paint stabilization work will also be in full swing this summer with improvements taking place at 30 sites. The first phase of lead paint work will concentrate on pre-kindergarten through second-grade classrooms and is scheduled to be completed at the end of this summer.
This summer, six schools will receive low lead drinking water stations: Arleta, Duniway, Jefferson, Llewellyn, Rigler and Robert Gray. This work is a pilot program that seeks to improve water quality and save the district money by avoiding expensive and disruptive pipe replacements within the walls. To see the status of drinking fixtures at your school, click on this chart and this schedule for when future work will be accomplished.
Last but not least, work on the first group of 26 schools getting security upgrades will begin this summer. Work on the second group of schools will get underway in late summer, and the third group will follow on a few months later. All of the work will conclude in 2020.
The next Bond Accountability Committee Meeting will be held from 5:30-8:30pm on Wednesday October 30th, 2019 in the Grant High School Library
The Bond Accountability Committee (BAC) communicates key information related to the bond to the School Board, public groups, organizations and stakeholders. Read the latest quarterl;y BAC report to the School Board BAC Report #25 5-13-19
Significant community engagement and input remains a priority as we rebuild our schools. Public Design Workshops continue to provided students and school communities the opportunity to help shape the designs of the schools that will be modernized and rebuilt. Design Advisory Groups and Master Planning Committees comprised of students and community stakeholders also provide feedback for the PPS Design Teams. View the Grant Modernization Public Engagement Video.
Madison and Kellogg to begin construction this summer
Beginning in June 2019 and running for the next two years both Madison and Kellogg will undergo construction. The Madison modernization will include over 170,000 square feet of new construction, including a theater, commons and gym that will blend seamlessly with the historic mid-century modern building. In 2021, a fully modernized, 292,000 square foot Madison High School will reopen with a capacity for 1,700 students. . For project updates visit the Madison Modernization website. Or view a fact sheet about Madison’s modernization Español | Tiếng Việt | Русский | Soomaali | 中文
The new Kellogg Middle School includes a performing arts stage, a multi-purpose gym and assembly space, a large, flexible commons space, and dedicated outdoor learning spaces. The school will be a focal point of its Southeast Portland neighborhood, offering a new educational center and resource hub for the community. Both schools will reopen for students in 2021. For more information View the new Kellogg Rebuild info-flyer | Español |Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali or visit the Kellogg rebuild website.
Modernized Grant to open in August
A fully modernized Grant High School will reopen on August 28. Grant is the final modernization project of the 2012 bond and will feature a new three-story entryway, renovated historic theater, a visual arts complex now located in the refurbished 1923 gym building. A new athletic building featuring a main gym will accommodate up to 1700 students, along with a new auxiliary gym and weight room. For more information, view the new Grant modernization info-flyer | Español
Thank you voters
Thank you voters for supporting the 2017 Health, Safety and Modernization Bond. The Office of School Modernization is continuing the important work of rebuilding our aging schools, making them all safer, and better equipped for 21st century learning.
Bond Details & Timeline
The $482 million, 2012 School Building Improvement Bond prioritized modernizing three high schools, rebuilding one K-8 school, as well as seismic and science classroom upgrades, increased accessibility, and new roof projects at 51 schools. The $790 million, May 2017 Health Safety and Modernization Bond will modernize or rebuild three high schools and one middle school. In addition, at least $150 million would go toward resolving health and safety concerns at schools across the district. Learn more about our active projects at the links below.
In June 2012, the Portland School Board adopted a ten-year school facilities plan. Learn more about the plan, and the process to develop it, on the Long Range Facilities Plan webpage.