The Office of School Modernization (OSM) is the department charged with administering PPS capital improvement projects. Beginning with the 2012 Bond, OSM has so far overseen successful improvements in over 51 schools. In addition, Franklin and Roosevelt High Schools have been modernized and Faubion PK-8 has been completely rebuilt. A modernized Grant High School reopened in the fall of 2019.
Through the May 2017 Health, Safety and Modernized Bond, work is taking place throughout the district to tackle water quality, lead paint, asbestos, radon, fire safety and ADA concerns in our aging inventory of neighborhood schools.Construction is now underway on a new Kellogg Middle School and on the modernization of Madison High School, kicking of a new round of school modernizations/rebuilds.
On average, Portland Public Schools’ buildings are 77 years old, and some are more than 100 years ago. Many schools are in need of upgrades to provide students with modern learning environments and to address unsafe conditions. Over the long term, Portland Public Schools plans to modernize every school through a series of capital construction bonds, bringing them all up to modern facility and educational standards.