Health and safety work is well underway at schools across the district using funds from the May 2017 Bond. Specialized plumbing contractors have now brought drinking fixtures back online at many of the first group of 15 pilot project schools. Most schools in this first group will come online by the end of the month. The water quality work is proceeding in phases, with drinking fixture replacement to begin on the second group of 15 schools in December. Crews will work late afternoons, evenings and weekends to avoid disrupting classes.
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. 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. At Grant High School, demolition and abatement crews are revitalizing that historic campus. Grant is scheduled to reopen in the fall of 2019.
Design work is underway for a new Kellogg Middle School with the newly formed Design Advisory Group (DAG) meeting on a regular basis. Another Design Advisory Group is being finalized for Madison High School and applications for the upcoming Lincoln High School DAG will be posted soon.
Four schools were 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 and asbestos mitigation work is also underway at several schools and fire alarm system upgrades are occurring at nine schools and facilities.
The goal of the Madison DAG is to develop comprehensive, equitable, integrated and visionary high school campus plans and schematic designs with authentic school community engagement. The DAG will consist of a group of parent, teacher, student, and community stakeholder representatives who will be involved in the development of the design of the modernized Madison High School.
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.
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 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.