May 17, 2017: What a great day for Portland Public Schools! Voters overwhelmingly approved our bond measure, which means we can continue our plan to make our schools modern, safe and welcoming places for our students to learn and excel. I want to offer my most sincere thanks to everyone who worked so hard on the campaign - and to all of you who voted in this election. The impact will be felt for years and decades to come by generations of students and Portlanders.
The results of this election reinforce what I have seen since becoming interim superintendent last August: Portland is a community that cares deeply about its public schools. This was a tremendous vote of confidence in our teachers, principals, support staff and school board. It also is a reflection on the excellent work that has been done at Franklin and Roosevelt high schools and Faubion K-8 using funds from the 2012 bond.
In addition to breaking ground on the new Grant High School (using 2012 bonds), we will begin quickly to address lead, radon, asbestos and fire safety issues at schools throughout the district. At the same time, we will begin the necessary groundwork for major overhauls of Madison and Benson high schools, and complete rebuilds of Lincoln High and Kellogg Middle School. As more details become available on these projects, we will share them with you.
Again, thank you Portland, and thank you PPS community. I am excited about the future of our schools.