The Office of School Modernization (OSM) is the department charged with administering PPS capital improvement projects.
On average, Portland Public Schools’ buildings are 80 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.
Beginning with the 2012 Bond, OSM oversaw successful health, safety and educational improvements in over 51 schools. In addition, three historic high schools, Franklin, Grant and Roosevelt High Schools were modernized and Faubion PK-8 was completely rebuilt.
Through the 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, the modernization of Madison High School and the rebuilding of Lincoln High School. Benson Polytechnic will begin construction the fall of 2021.
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.