Portland Public Schools (PPS) is doubling the number of schools slated for renovation during 2014’s summer, compared to last year’s projects. This year’s $15.5-million bond-funded improvements begin in June for completion when school opens on September 2, according to David Mayne, PPS spokesman for the bond projects.
Schools to be worked on this summer include Arleta, Beach, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Chief Joseph, Creston, Grout, Hosford, James John, King, Lane, Vernon and Woodlawn, “most built over 65 years ago and overdue for physical upgrades, according to Mayne. Rehab targets will include leaking and deteriorating roofs along with seismic safety, accessibility and science classroom improvements during the second of an eight-year School Building Improvement Bond. Eventually, as many as 63 schools will be upgraded and improved in consecutive summers.
The summer of 2014 improvements are prioritized based on physical plant deficiencies, the proportion of under-served students and contractors’ ability to accomplish the work in a timely manner, according to Mayne, who added that the local economy will benefit as “PPS engages contractors who then hire subs and individual workers, so hundreds of workers [being employed] is an accurate statement.”