News Archive 2012 Stories

  • School modernization becomes a reality
    November 29, 2012Following years of analysis and discussion, work to modernize our schools got a kickstart this month when voters approved a $482 million school construction bond by a two thirds majority. With a dedicated source of funding in place, attention now turns to the work of implementing this historic rebuilding program. [Read more]
    Board discusses next steps in school bond program
    November 20, 2012
    Planning to fully modernize Roosevelt High School would begin in spring 2013 with construction beginning in Jan. 2015, according to a staff recommendation presented Nov. 19 to the Portland School Board. [Read more]


    Bond passage enables PPS school upgrades
    November 7, 2012
    Portland voters agreed to a record bond measure of $482 million to upgrade or rebuild several schools in the district. [Read more]

    Portland Public Schools bond: Voters pass record-breaking bond
    November 6, 2012
    Voters on Tuesday soundly approved a record-breaking, $482 million bond measure to rebuild and upgrade Portland Public Schools buildings. [Read more]

    School board approves Citizens Bond Accountability Committee
    September 25, 2012
    The Portland School Board formalized a committee charged to monitor the planning and progress of school improvement work if voters approve Measure 26-144 in November. [Read more]

    Portland School Board appoints citizens accountability committee
    September 24, 2012
    The Portland School Board on Monday appointed a seven-person citizens accountability committee for a capital bond measure, amid some criticism of the group’s inclusiveness. [Read more]

    Portland School Board to hear updates on citizen accountability committee for bond measure
    September 10, 2012
    District officials tonight will present the board with a charter for a citizens accountability committee that would be charged with reviewing the district's capital bond expenditures if voters approve a $482 million measure on the November ballot. [Read more]

    School construction bond on November ballot
    August 20, 2012
    The Portland School Board referred a $482 million school construction bond to the November ballot. [View the proposed bond]

    Community to PPS: move forward with bond plan
    July 10, 2012
    At public hearings on June 28 and July 9, parents, educators, business and community leaders urged the Portland School Board to move forward with a school construction bond in November -- prioritizing high schools and seismic and accessibility improvements. [View the hearings online]

    School board finalizes school bond plan
    July 9, 2012
    The Portland School Board authorized staff to prepare a $482 million construction bond measure that would fully modernize three high schools, one PK-8 school and fund needed seismic and accessibility upgrades at schools throughout the district. [More]

    School board selects bond plan
    June 26, 2012
    The Portland School Board has selected a $482 million construction bond plan that would fund full modernization of three high schools and one PK-8 school, and needed upgrades at schools throughout the district.

    Board members chose the plan June 25, and now are seeking feedback on the plan at two public hearings:

    • 7 p.m., Thursday, June 28, at the Blanchard Education Service Center, 501 N. Dixon St. 
    • 5 p.m., Monday, July 9, at the Blanchard Education Service Center, 501 N. Dixon St.


    School construction bond options take shape
    June 15, 2012
    Following months of committee work, community meetings and data analysis, PPS facilities staff will present two school construction bond options to the Portland School Board on Monday, June 18. Both proposals prioritize high schools, seismic safety and accessibility upgrades. However, one option prioritizes schools with high enrollment while the other prioritizes schools serving a high number of students living in poverty.[More]

    Help shape school upgrade plan
    May 18, 2012
    Portland Public Schools is seeking input on school construction bond themes – developed by a superintendent's advisory group – at three upcoming meetings. our feedback will help Superintendent Carole Smith and the school board determine the timing, size and priority of a future bond to update the district's antiquated school buildings. Can't make a meeting? Learn more and share your thoughts online. [More]
    Is it time for school upgrades?
    May 7, 2012
    A citizens group is recommending that Portland Public Schools upgrade its school buildings. Families, teachers, students and neighbors, give your input on the recommendation. Community meetings are May 22, 23 and 24, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. [More]

    Systems change leader shares vision for classrooms?
    January 25, 2012
    Peter Senge, internationally recognized for his work in systems change, brought his vision of more collaborative, holistic and engaging learning environments to Portland Public Schools employees. His lecture is available to the PPS community via its television channel and on deman. [More]
    You're invited: Take a close look at our buildings
    January 24, 2012
    A series of public sessions from January through March offer a detailed look at Portland Public Schools buildings — covering finances, maintenance, seismic stability and more. PPS is holding the sessions to help parents, students, neighbors and community leaders learn more about the district's facilities. [More]

    Advisers on buildings hit the ground running
    December 16, 2011
    The nearly three-dozen committee members participated in their inaugural meeting Dec. 13 to help PPS update its long-term facilities plan. Join Portland Public Schools for a presentation and discussion on the connections between learning and school facilities. Members will examine the conditions of PPS school buildings at their next meeting on Tuesday, January 10 at 5:30 p.m at Jefferson High School. [More]
    Talking about buildings and learning
    November 3, 2011
    Join Portland Public Schools for a presentation and discussion on the connections between learning and school facilities. On Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at Benson High School, PPS Chief Operating Officer C.J. Sylvester and Facilities Director Tony Magliano will present “Buildings and Learning 101.” The public is invited. [More]