On Aug. 30, dozens of Grant High School students will board the MAX green line for the first day of the 2017-18 school year, arriving just over a half-hour later at the Marshall High campus, where they will attend classes for the next two years.
Work on Grant and Faubion is part of a $482 million school bond approved by voters in 2012. The bond also paid for rebuilding Franklin High School, where students are returning this month to their Southeast Woodward Street building after two years on the Marshall campus.
Bond funds also have paid for modernization at Roosevelt High School on North Central Street, where the number of students was small enough to move from one part of the building to another during construction phases. Roosevelt work is expected to be completed by January 2018, said David Mayne, communications director for bond programs.
Most Grant students will be embarking on a new way to reach classrooms as they head to a building at 3905 S.E. 91st Ave. The MAX green line, which stops at Lloyd Center, the Hollywood Transit Center and Northeast 60th Avenue, may be the fastest way to reach the Marshall campus by transit, although some students may choose to ride buses, according to school officials.
Because reaching the Southeast campus will take more time than travel to Grant, the district has extended the school’s attendance times by 30 minutes, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The district also will provide yellow bus transportation for students farthest from the MAX line. School staff and parents realized that some students could take a TriMet bus, some would have to transfer to a second line and their travel times would be just under or just over an hour, one way. Principal Carol Campbell said she was concerned that some students would begin skipping school if they missed a bus or drop out altogether because of travel issues.
To address those concerns, the school district agreed to divide the Grant attendance area into three zones, with yellow bus service provided for some students, based on the elementary school boundary in which they reside. However, the pickup points for the bus service are still not final. Families should get that information sometime in August, Mayne said.
Yellow bus service will be provided to the Marshall campus for students in Zone One, which includes the King, Eliot/Humboldt and Sabin school boundaries.
Shuttle service will be provided to MAX stations for students in Zone Two, within the Irvington and Alameda school boundaries.
Students in Zone Three, in the Beverly Cleary and Laurelhurst school boundaries, won’t have shuttle service because they are close enough to MAX service or TriMet buses to get to the Marshall campus in reasonable time.
Some students also are expected to get to school by private vehicle, carpooling or, if they are old enough, driving themselves, district officials said.
Meanwhile, “soft demolition” – getting rid of asbestos, lead paint and lead pipes – is under way in the 93-year-old Grant building. When “hard” demolition starts, the back of the building will come down, and the library and 1950s gym will be demolished, said Kevin Cox, assistant superintendent for the construction company Andersen Colas. The 1924 gym will become an arts center. The building front with its tall pillars will remain, but will look even better, Cox promised.
New features will include a new athletic building with a gym seating 1,700 students for assemblies and an auxiliary gym. The old building will become a shell for new spaces, including flexible learning spaces for individual or collaborative learning, a student-based health center, and spaces for career and project-based learning.
At Faubion, the new entrance will be at 2930 N.E. Dekum St. Next door neighbor Concordia University will have its College of Education in the building, along with Kaiser Permanente’s wellness center, Trillium Family Services, a food club emphasizing nutrition, and an early childhood education center. The second floor has first- through fourth-grade classrooms, an art classroom and library. Fifth- through eighth-grade classrooms are on the third floor with a science laboratory.