Summer 2016 Projects
During the summer of 2016 seven more schools received improvements
and upgrades. The work fixes leaking and deteriorating roofs, and makes
seismic safety, accessibility and science classroom improvements.
The schools are: Abernethy K-5, Cesar Chavez K-8, Cleveland High School, Jefferson High School, Metropolitan Learning Ctr. K-12, Sellwood M.S., and Scott K-8,
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 fourth 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 substantially complete before students returned to school in the fall. The phased elevator projects will be completed in 2017; work on those projects will continue into the school year and will not disrupt learning activities.
PPS prioritized the summer 2016 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.
In The News
PPS announces major improvement projects for 27 schools March 3, 2015
[See the KGW TV Video story]
Bond money continues to improve schools March 3, 2015
[See the KOIN TV Video story]