Summer 2015 ProjectsDuring the summer of 2015 twenty seven more schools received improvements and upgrades. The work fixed leaking and deteriorating roofs, and made seismic safety, accessibility and science classroom improvements. The work done in the summer of 2015 was more than double the number of projects that were completed in 2014
Nine schools: Ainsworth K-5, Buckman K-5, Creative Science/Clark K-8, Hayhurst K-5, Llewellyn K-5, Maplewood K-5, Sabin PK-8, Stephenson K-5, and Woodlawn PK-8 received the most improvements.
An additional eighteen schools received either 6th-8th grades science classroom upgrades, some ADA work or both. These are: Astor, Bridger, Da Vinci, George, Gray, Harrison Park, Holladay Center, Irvington, Lee, Lent, Markham, Meek, Mt. Tabor, Peninsula, Richmond, Roseway Heights, Skyline and West Sylvan.
Most of these schools were built over 65 years ago and are overdue for physical upgrades. More than half of all PPS schools were built before World War 2. This is the third year of the eight-year School Building Improvement Bond where up to 63 schools will eventually receive upgrades and improvements over consecutive summers.
Construction began immediately following the end of school in June and was completed before students return to school in the fall. The phased elevator projects were completed in 2016 and did not disrupt learning activities.
PPS prioritized the summer 2015 projects based on expected seismic performance ratings; the condition of roofs, accessibility and science labs; the proportion of underserved students; and ability to accomplish the work effort in a timely manner. This is the second year of the eight-year School Building Improvement Bond where up to 63 schools will eventually receive upgrades and improvements over consecutive summers.
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Bond money continues to improve schools March 3, 2015 [See the KOIN TV Video story]