Since 2012, school modernizations and health & safety projects have touched every school in the District. This work on our aging school buildings has improved water quality, and provided security upgrades, new roofs, asbestos and radon remediation, lead paint stabilization, new fire alarms and sprinklers, more accessibility and seismic retrofits.
Three high schools and one PK-8, Franklin, Grant, Roosevelt and Faubion PK-8 have been modernized or rebuilt and construction is now underway on a modernized Leodis V. McDaniel High School and a new Kellogg Middle School. Those projects are scheduled to be completed in 2021. The Lincoln High rebuild project is also under construction and will be completed in 2022/23. The Benson Polytechnic modernization will begin construction in fall 2021.
Voters approve 2020 Bond
PPS thanks the voters who supported the 2020 School Bond on November 3rd. This new bond will allow PPS to continue the vital work of improving the health and safety of our aging school buildings with new roofs and mechanical systems, seismic retrofits, plus accessibility and security upgrades. We will also be transforming the historic Jefferson and Benson Polytechnic High Schools into modernized 21st century centers of learning. In addition, this Bond will allow us to provide our students and staff with new textbooks, curriculum materials and new technology to support classroom and distance learning, while updating classroom and district technology devices. The 2020 Bond looks to the future as we start planning the modernization of Cleveland and Ida B. Wells (formerly Wilson) High Schools and begin conceptualizing an exciting new project, The Center for Black Excellence.
The Bond Accountability Committee (BAC) communicates key information related to the bond to the School Board, public groups, organizations and stakeholders. Read the latest quarterly BAC report to the School Board BAC Report #30 8-31-20
Significant community engagement is 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, familes and community stakeholders also provide feedback for the PPS Design Teams. View the Grant Modernization Public Engagement Video.
Leodis V. McDaniel High, Lincoln High and Kellogg Middle School are now under construction. The Leodis V. McDaniel modernization includes 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. For project updates visit the Leodis V. McDaniel Modernization website.
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. For more information visit the Kellogg rebuild website.
The Lincoln rebuild project is a new multi-story building with performing arts spaces, a student commons, an expanded gymnasium facility and state of the art classrooms. For ongoing project updates please visit the Lincoln Rebuild website.
Benson Polytechnic set to begin in 2021
Construction is set to begin on the Modernization of the historic Benson Polytechnic campus in the fall of 2021. The project is now in the final stages of design. To learn more please visit the Benson Modernization website.
Thank you voters
Thank you voters for supporting the 2012, 2017 and 2020 Bonds. The Office of School Modernization is continuing the important work of rebuilding our aging schools, making them all safer, more sustainable and better equipped for 21st century learning.
See All The Bond Projects
View this interactive Bond Program Map that allows you to see all the Bond projects PPS has done to date. You can sort by school, the type of work done and lots more.
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Bond Details & Timeline
The $790 million, May 2017 Health Safety and Modernization Bond will modernize or rebuild three high schools and one middle school and at least $150 million is going toward resolving health and safety concerns at schools across the district. The now completed $482 million, 2012 School Building Improvement Bond modernized three high schools, rebuilt one K-8 school and provided seismic and science classroom upgrades, increased accessibility, and new roof projects at 51 schools.
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.