Larger health and safety bond projects are getting underway this summer thanks to the voters who supported the May 2017 Bond.
PPS is planning to have drinking fountains and kitchen faucets in all the schools replaced by the end of this summer. Additionally, the first seismically strengthened roof projects will get underway at Beverly Cleary Fernwood, and Martin Luther King Jr. School. These schools will also receive ADA improvements plus new fire sprinkler systems and fire alarm improvements.
Lewis Elementary will get a retrofit to bring it up to modern seismic code thanks to a seismic rehabilitation grant from Business Oregon. Lewis will also receive new fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems and ADA improvements. Health and safety work at Chapman Elementary and Jefferson High School includes the removal and replacement of asbestos containing flooring throughout the building.
Modernization work is also proceeding. The School Board has approved the master plan for the new Kellogg Middle School and demolition is underway. Madison High School had its master plan approved in May. Design work continues and construction at Madison will begin in the summer of 2019.
At the one year mark, construction at Grant High School is in full swing. This summer new additions on the west side of the school will take shape, seismic upgrades will be in place and interior framing of the new classrooms in the historic building will be underway. Grant is the last major project from the 2012 Bond. It will re-open at the start of the 2019-20 school year.
Based on the latest project budget projections from the modernization/rebuild projects the program is now $89 to $125 million dollars below the amount needed to deliver these projects as envisioned in the initial master planning phase. The Office of School Modernization is working with the School Board for opportunities and options to rectify the situation. PPS remains committed to deliver robust high school and middle school projects and to maintain the trust of voters in our community.
Notices for future DAG meetings and public design workshops will be posted here.
The Bond Accountability Committee (BAC) communicates key information related to the bond to the School Board, public groups, organizations and stakeholders.
The next BAC meeting is Wednesday, October 17th. 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. Location TBD
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.
Significant water quality work to take place this summer
PPS is planning to have drinking fountains and kitchen faucets in all the schools replaced by the end of this summer. Workers will be engaged all over the district replacing drinking fountains and testing the systems to make sure they meet PPS water quality standards that are now better than those mandated by the EPA. Check out the PULSE story here Learn more at our Water Quality Page.
Madison and Kellogg set to begin construction in 2019
The PPS School Board has officially approved the order of the middle school and high school modernization projects from the May 2017 Bond. The Office of School Modernization was already given the green light to start the design process for Kellogg Middle School and Madison High School by the Board shortly after the bond passed. Now the schedule for all four project schedules has been established. Read the full PULSE story on the construction schedule for the May 2017 Bond schools here.
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 $750 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.
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.