By Janet Goetze
for the Hollywood Star News
Schematic designs, the basic outlines of a modernized Grant High School, are taking shape, and by summer, work will begin on design details for a 21st-century school. Grant, 2245 N.E. 36th Ave., is the third Portland high school to be updated with a voter-approved bond. Franklin and Roosevelt also are being updated. Planning is beginning at Benson.
When Grant’s design details are complete, construction is scheduled to start in the summer of 2017 and continue until 2019, said Kristie Moore, project coordinator. During that time, students will be in classes at the Marshall High School campus, 3905 S.E. 91st Ave., between Powell and Holgate boulevards. Many Grant students will travel farther to the Marshall campus than to Grant, school administrators acknowledge. The administrators are especially concerned that students in the Boise-Eliot and King neighborhoods, about 10 miles from Marshall, could have public transit rides of nearly an hour, according to the TriMet trip planner.
In contrast, students living closer to Grant would have about 6 miles or less to travel and could arrive at Marshall via Max in about 15 minutes. A transportation committee, including parents and students, is undertaking a survey to determine if Grant students plan to carpool, ride bikes, drive or use TriMet to get to classes at Marshall. By the end of April, they hope the survey will provide information about transportation needs. Committee members also said the survey may reveal if transportation issues will affect a family’s decision about which school a student will attend.