• PPS School Building Improvement Bond Program Overview

    The now completed $482 million, 2012 School Building Improvement Bond prioritized modernizing three high schools, Franklin, Grant, Roosevelt and rebuilt Faubion PK-8. In addition it provided seismic and middle school science classroom upgrades, increased accessibility, and new seismically strengthened roof projects at 51 schools. These projects employed hundreds of workers from local companies.
    The $790 million, May 2017 Health Safety and Modernization Bond is modernizing or rebuild three high schools and one middle school. Over $150 million is directed to resolving health and safety concerns at schools across the district. Health & Safety improvement projects have touched every school in the District with water quality, security upgrades, new roofs, asbestos, radon and lead paint stabilization, new fire alarms and sprinklers, ADA improvements and seismic retrofits.

    The 1.2 billion dollar 2020 School Bond was approved on November 3rd 2020. This new bond allows PPS to continue the vital work of improving the health and safety of our aging school buildings with new roofs and mechanical systems, seismic retrofits, plus accessibility and security upgrades. It will also transform the historic Jefferson and Benson Polytechnic High Schools into modernized 21st century centers of learning. This Bond will allow provide our students and staff with new textbooks, curriculum materials and new technology to support classroom and distance learning, while updating classroom and district technology devices. The 2020 Bond also looks to the future as we start planning the modernization of Cleveland and Ida B. Wells (formerly Wilson) High Schools and begin conceptualizing an exciting new project, The Center for Black Student Excellence.
    This Frequently Asked Questions document will be regularly updated. Submit questions to schoolmodernization@pps.net. We will respond to your email and will select larger/key questions for inclusion in this FAQ .

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  • Q: What are the bond program's Guiding themes?

  • Q: What is the budget for the whole bond program?

  • Q: Why did PPS decide to build comprehensive high schools for higher enrollment than originally planned?

  • Q: Why and how have the budgets for rebuilding the high schools increased?

  • Q: Is the budget allocation for the three high school projects equitable?

  • Q: How is PPS deciding how large to build the high schools?

  • Q: What has PPS done to manage costs while balancing the longevity and functionality of the buildings?

  • Q: Why are PPS and the City collaborating on student transportation projects at bond schools?

  • Q: How can I remain involved in the bond projects as they unfold?