Surprising perhaps no one, the Portland School Board
voted 7-0 tonight to put forward a $548 million construction bond
to renovate and rebuild Portland Public Schools' aging facilities. The measure now heads to voters in the Portland school district on May 17.
Among the nine schools that would be fully rebuilt, if voters approve the property-tax increase, is Marysville K-8 School, which burned in a severe fire in November 2009. However, all the remaining PPS schools would see some improvements as a result of the bond, board members say. Also, the proposed bond is only the first in a series of bonds expected over the next 30 years to rebuild schools.
Photo of Marysville in Southeast Portland courtesy of KATU.