By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The Grant High School modernization project has a design advisory group to help guide the upgrading of the building, and the public may provide ideas in upcoming design workshops.
The first workshop will be 9 a.m. to noon October 24 in the Grant library, 2245 N.E. 36th Ave. A free breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m.
Free childcare will be available and interpretation in Spanish will be provided, said David Mayne, the bond communications manager for Portland Public Schools.
Information is available at http://GrantBond.pps.net and www.facebook.com/pps.homepage. E-mail address is ten.s1516551316pp@do1516551316mSHG1516551316. A telephone number is (503) 916-2222.
The group includes Grant principal Carol Campbell; Grant alumni Scott Bailey and Doug Capps; local and neighborhood residents Renee Anderson, Miriana Clark and Abby Williams; school board liaison Pam Knowles and school community representative Monique McClean.
Also in the group are Grant cluster parents Jason Blumklotz and Jack Kolze; Black Parent Initiative representative Nate McCoy; Grant students Katie Davidson, M. Taylor Matsushima, Zack Olson, Tess Waxman and Daniel Weidman; current Grant parents Jim Regan-Vienop and Michael Tom; neighborhood business representatives Bill Dickey and Heather Leek.
The improvement project will be paid from an 8-year, $482 million bond approved by voters in November 2012. In addition to Grant, Roosevelt and Franklin high schools will be modernized and Faubion Elementary School is being rebuilt.
The schools were selected because of their poor seismic condition, major accessibility deficiencies for people with mobility challenges and the high number of free and reduced-cost lunch populations.
Other school buildings will have seismic upgrades, roofs replaced and access improved. In addition, sixth to eighth grade science classrooms will be improved at up to 63 schools, according to the school district.
Grant’s master planning is scheduled to continue through the fall, and schematic designs will be developed in early 2016. Final design and construction phases will continue through spring 2017.
Construction will begin in summer 2017 and Grant will be closed for two years. During that time, classes and activities will be at the Marshall High School campus, 3905 S.E. 91st Ave.
Grant students will be eligible for free transit passes, provided in a partnership with Tri-Met, the City of Portland and the school district. Special education students receiving district transportation will continue to do so.