At the start of 2017-18 school year the PPS Bond program celebrated the opening of the newly modernized Franklin and Roosevelt High Schools and the rebuilt Faubion PK-8 + Concordia University Building. At the same time crews at Grant High School began the modernization of that historic campus.
These projects address all the health and safety needs of those schools while also bringing them up to modern seismic standards and making them fully accessible. These new school environments also provide our students with state of the art facilities and new opportunities for learning.
Health and safety work is also underway at schools across the district using funds from the May 2017 Bond. Specialized plumbing contractors begin replacing fixtures at Astor K-8 on September 1st to address water quality. This work will proceed in phases, 14 more schools will get work in this first round and be ongoing throughout the school year. Crews will work late afternoons, evenings and weekends to avoid disrupting classes.
Four schools have been repainted this summer to remediate lead paint: Astor K-8, and Atkinson, Hayhurst, and Woodstock elementaries. Additional smaller scale interior and exterior lead paint remediation projects are now taking place at other schools and will continue over the next few years. Radon mitigation work is also underway at several schools and fire alarm system upgrades are occurring at nine schools and facilities.
The Bond Accountability Committee communicates key information related to the bond to the School Board, public groups, organizations and stakeholders.
The next BAC Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 25th, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. location TBD
The 2012 Bond was the culmination of significant community engagement and input, which remains a priority as we rebuild our schools. Public Design Workshops provided students and school communities the opportunity to help shape the master and schematic designs. Design Advisory Groups and Master Planning Committees comprised of students and community stakeholders provided feedback for the PPS Design Teams. View the Grant Modernization Public Engagement Video.
Thank you voters for supporting the 2017 Health, Safety and Modernization Bond. Now the Office of School Modernization can continue 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 school construction bond prioritizes: high schools, seismic upgrades, increased accessibility and existing partnerships that include capital funding commitments that leverage bond funds. View the overall Bond project timeline here. To see the work completed on over 52 schools so far and the work to come click on the image 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.