2020 School Bond Package Referred to November Ballot
Dear PPS Families,
We are very excited to share with you that the Portland Public Schools Board of Education has voted unanimously to refer a proposed 2020 School Bond to voters. The proposed bond makes investments in critical educational, health and safety, and school modernization priorities. If approved by voters in the November 3 general election, the bond would fund the following:
- The full modernization of Jefferson High School.
- Completion of the modernization of Benson Polytechnic High School, including a facility for the Multiple Pathways to Graduation alternative school programs; planning and design for additional capacity at Roosevelt High School; final master planning and pre-construction design of Cleveland and Wilson High Schools; planning and adding capacity, including potentially for middle schoo
- Develop and begin implementation of the Center for Black Student Excellence, a community-driven initiative in partnership with community-based organizations.
- Educational improvements, including investments in comprehensive, culturally-relevant curriculum, textbooks, and instructional materials, as well as technology upgrades, including devices (such as laptops and assistive technology) that support classroom and distance learning.
- Provide health and safety improvements throughout the district, including at least $33.8 million for improved accessibility for students, staff, and other people with disabilities; repairs or replacement of outdated roofs and mechanical systems; and improved seismic safety and school security
The 2020 School Bond is expected to maintain tax rates at approximately the same levels. Details of the proposed bond, along with other information, can be found below.
The proposed bond was informed by feedback from PPS families, students, staff, members of the community and the Facilities Condition Assessment. Accountability and oversight of the bond funds will be provided by a citizen oversight committee, independent performance audits of projects and expenditures, and the PPS Audit Committee.
The 2020 bond is intended to continue the work funded by voter-approved bonds in 2012 and 2017. Those bonds allowed us to make critical health and safety improvements, modernize Roosevelt, Franklin, and Grant high schools, rebuild Faubion PK-8, complete full plans for Benson’s modernization and start the current work being done to modernize Madison High School and rebuild Lincoln High School and Kellogg Middle School.