Another week, another round
of substantial donations to the campaign for Portland Public Schools' $548 million construction bond
on the May 17 ballot.
On Jan. 7, Stacy and Witbeck
, the construction firm specializing in public-transit projects, gave $25,000
to the Portlanders for Schools political action committee. The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters
to the PAC. And Trudy Sargent
, a member of the Portland School Board, gave $500. She's the second of seven school board members to donate so far; Bobbie Regan already gave $1,000.
On Jan. 24, the Portland School Board will consider whether to refer a second money measure—a local-option operating levy
—to the May ballot. PPS currently has an operating levy in effect, but it expires in 2012. However, several school board members have said it may make sense to push a levy renewal sooner and at the same time as the construction-bond campaign.