School Building Improvement Bond Program
Since 2012, modernizations and health & safety projects have touched every school in the district. This work on our aging school buildings has improved water quality, and provided security upgrades, new roofs, asbestos and radon remediation, lead paint stabilization, new fire alarms and sprinklers, more accessibility and seismic retrofits.
Five high schools, Franklin, Grant, Leodis V. McDaniel, Lincoln, Roosevelt, one middle school, Kellogg and Faubion PK-8 have been modernized or rebuilt. Work is underway on Benson Polytechnic High School and a new Multiple Pathways to Graduation building. They will reopen in fall 2024.
2020 Bond work underway
The 2020 School Bond allows PPS to continue the vital work of improving the health, safety and infrastructure of our aging school buildings. Planning is underway for the modernization of both Cleveland & Ida B. Wells High Schools. Design and pre-construction work is ongoing for the modernization of the historic Jefferson High School as well as work on new technology to support classroom, as well as roofing projects in several schools. The 2020 Bond also looks to the future by conceptualizing an exciting new project The Center for Black Student Excellence. To learn more visit the 2020 Bond Project Page
Citizen-led Bond Accountability Committee
The Bond Accountability Committee (BAC) communicates key information related to the bond program to the School Board, public groups, organizations and stakeholders. The latest BAC meeting was on Aug 28th, 2023. To watch a recording of the meeting click here. To view the meeting presentation click here.
The next BAC meeting is scheduled for Wed. Nov 29th. (Location TBD)
Sign up for public comment (Please submit your request by 2p.m. on meeting dates)
To sign up for public comment for the BAC, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with full name, topic, date requested meeting, school community, and contact phone number. Public comment will occur at the beginning of the meeting with two 2-minute time slots. Requests for Public Comment will be processed in the order that they are received. Topics must be related to an item on the agenda. Written comments may be submitted to email@example.com and will be shared with the BAC.
Bond Performance Audits
The PPS Bond Program undergoes regular performance audits conducted by external agencies.
To view all Bond Program audits, visit the PPS audit page.
Significant community engagement is 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, families and community stakeholders also provide feedback for the PPS Design Teams. View the Grant Modernization Public Engagement Video.
The Lincoln rebuild project is a new multi-story building with performing arts spaces, a student commons, an expanded gymnasium facility and state-of-the art classrooms. Phase One is completed. Demolition of the old school is now underway and a new track and field facility will be built in its place. The fields will open in the summer of 2023.
The Leodis V. McDaniel modernization includes 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.
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 is now a focal point of its Southeast Portland neighborhood.
Benson Polytechnic construction began Aug 2021
Construction is underway for the modernization of historic Benson Polytechnic High School. The construction process will take 3 years and the school will reopen in the fall of 2024.
Thank you voters
Thank you voters for supporting the 2012, 2017 and 2020 Bonds. The Office of School Modernization is continuing the important work of rebuilding our aging schools, making them all safer, more sustainable and better equipped for 21st century learning.
See All The Bond Projects
View the interactive Bond Program Map that allows you to see all the projects PPS has done to date. You can sort by school, the type of work done and lots more.
For more information about school building improvement bond projects, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call us at 503-916-2222
Bond Details & Timeline
The 1.2 billion-dollar 2020 School Bond allows PPS to continue the vital work of improving our aging school buildings in several key areas as well as upgrading important educational infrastructure issues. For details about the 2020 projects visit this page.
The $790 million, May 2017 Health Safety and Modernization Bond modernizes or rebuilds three high schools and one middle school and at least $150 million is dedicated toward resolving health and safety concerns at schools across the district.
The now completed $482 million, 2012 School Building Improvement Bond modernized three high schools, rebuilt one K-8 school and provided seismic improvements, science classroom upgrades, increased accessibility, and new roof projects at 51 schools.
Bond Guiding Principles
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.