By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The Portland school district is creating a Design Advisory Group for rebuilding Grant High School and is seeking applications from area residents and business owners.
Grant, 2245 N.E. 36th Ave., is one of three high schools to be modernized with an eight-year, voter-approved $482 million bond. Work on Franklin and Roosevelt high schools also is proceeding.
The advisory group is expected to act as a community voice to assure that site-specific program needs are incorporated in the modernized school, said David Mayne, spokesman for the bond-approved project.
The 14 group members, expected to serve about 12 months, will be selected by the district’s chief of school modernization in consultation with superintendent Carole Smith, Mayne said. They will represent the demographics of students served, including gender, cultural and ethnic diversity, and geographic distribution.
This is the expected representation: school principal, three Grant students, two Grant parents, two parents from the Grant cluster, one community member, one from alumni associations, three local neighborhood/business representatives and a board of education liaison.
Master planning on the school update is expected to continue into the fall, Mayne said. Construction will occur from the summer of 2017 to 2019. Grant students will have classes at Marshall High School for two years. The modernized school is expected to open in fall 2019.