School modernization and 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.
Three high schools and one PK-8, Franklin, Grant, Roosevelt and Faubion PK-8 have been modernized or rebuilt thanks to funding from the 2012 Bond. A newly modernized Grant High School re-opened at the start of the 2019-20 school year. Construction is underway on a modernized Madison High School and a new Kellogg Middle School. Both of those projects were funded by the May 2017 Bond and are scheduled to be completed in late summer of 2021. The Lincoln High rebuild project recently started construction and will be completed in 2022/23. The Benson Polytechnic modernization project is scheduled to begin construction in 2021.
New seismically strengthened roofs were completed at Sitton and Rigler Elementary Schools and one half of Jackson Middle School in the summer of 2019. Beverly Cleary and MLK Jr. received new roofs in 2018. ADA improvements are also taking place at these schools and others. Work began this summer on a two-year seismic retrofit of Hayhurst Elementary that will bring the school up to an immeadiate occupancy rating. Lewis Elementary received an immeadiate occupancy seismic upgrade in 2018. Those projects are made possible through a SRGP grant from the state of Oregon.
Six schools, Arleta, Duniway, Jefferson, Llewellyn, Rigler and Robert Gray have received low lead drinking water stations in a pilot program that seeks to lower lead levels to among the lowest in the state while avoiding expensive and disruptive pipe replacements within the walls.
The next Bond Accountability Meeting is on Wednesday January 22nd from 5:30p.m. - 8:30p.m. Location TBD
The Bond Accountability Committee (BAC) communicates key information related to the bond to the School Board, public groups, organizations and stakeholders. Read the latest quarterly BAC report to the School Board BAC Report #27 11-18-19
Significant community engagement and input remains a priority as we rebuild our schools. Public Design Workshops continue to provided students and school communities the opportunity to help shape the designs of the schools that will be modernized and rebuilt. Design Advisory Groups and Master Planning Committees comprised of students and community stakeholders also provide feedback for the PPS Design Teams. View the Grant Modernization Public Engagement Video.
Board Votes to Place Bond on 2020 Ballot
The PPS School Board voted unanimously to have District staff develop options for a new general obligation bond ballot measure that will be submitted to the voters in the fall of 2020. Details on the amount of the Bond and the projects to be included in it will be determined in the coming months. View the Board Resolution here.
Groundbreaking for a new Lincoln
A groundbreaking celebration for the rebuilding of Lincoln High School took place on December 14, 2019. Festivities included a Native American Land Acknowledgement and speakers that included Lincoln students, notable alumni and community leaders. The Lincoln rebuild includes a new multi-story building with performing arts spaces, a student commons, an expanded gymnasium facility and state of the art classrooms. For ongoing project updates please visit the Lincoln Modernization website.
Beginning in June 2019 and running for the next two years both Madison and Kellogg are undergoing construction. The Madison modernization will include over 170,000 square feet of new construction, including a theater, commons and gym that will blend seamlessly with the historic mid-century modern building. For project updates visit the Madison Modernization website. Or view a fact sheet about Madison’s modernization Español | Tiếng Việt | Русский | Soomaali | 中文
The new Kellogg Middle School includes a performing arts stage, a multi-purpose gym and assembly space, a large, flexible commons space, and dedicated outdoor learning spaces. The school will be a focal point of its Southeast Portland neighborhood. Both schools will reopen for students in 2021. For more information View the new Kellogg Rebuild info-flyer | Español |Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali or visit the Kellogg rebuild website.
Thank you voters
Thank you voters for supporting the 2017 Health, Safety and Modernization Bond. The Office of School Modernization is continuing the important work of rebuilding our aging schools, making them all safer, and better equipped for 21st century learning.
Bond Details & Timeline
The $790 million, May 2017 Health Safety and Modernization Bond will modernize or rebuild three high schools and one middle school. In addition, at least $150 million would go toward resolving health and safety concerns at schools across the district.The now completed $482 million, 2012 School Building Improvement Bond prioritized modernizing three high schools, rebuilding one K-8 school, as well as seismic and science classroom upgrades, increased accessibility, and new roof projects at 51 schools.
Learn more about our active projects at the links below.
In June 2012, the Portland School Board adopted a ten-year school facilities plan. Learn more about the plan, and the process to develop it, on the Long Range Facilities Plan webpage.