Portland Public Schools has announced that U.S. Grant High School students will move to Southeast Portland’s Marshall High School campus at Southeast 91st Avenue and Center Street for two years, beginning in the summer of 2017. Prior to that, Franklin High School will use Marshall as its temporary home from summer 2015 to summer 2017.
The plan was unveiled at a mid-December Grant PTA meeting where Grant principal Carol Campbell urged parents and neighbors to recognize opportunities as well as challenges. Campbell solicited their ideas about the transition while maintaining focus on the 2019 product. “Grant is going to be a phenomenal new school,” she said, “and it’s going to transform our neighborhood.”
Parents expressed concern about how moving the school to Marshall would impact staff and students—the teachers, programs, activities and students would be the same, but some parents pondered the difficulty students would encounter adapting to the new campus. One parent countered with, “It’s a community that makes a school, and, no matter what building we end up in, it is still our community.”
Planning for the modernization of Grant will begin in late summer 2015, when the public will be invited to participate through Public Design Workshops and a Design Advisory Group. Portland Public School (PPS) staff will develop a Franklin community transportation plan first and then start work on a plan for Grant.
According to PPS staff, Marshall, a recently closed high school facility, has space infrastructure needed to provide a temporary home for Franklin and then Grant communities, including large classrooms, ample parking and a new field and renovated track. Marshall will receive educational and safety upgrades before Franklin and Grant students and staff arrive.
Information about Grant’s modernization is at http://www.pps.k12.or.us/bond/grant.htm.