November 16th, 2010 5:33 pm | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Schools

Portland Superintendent Recommends Costly Reconstruction at Marysville

Marysville fire Nov. 9 courtesy KATU
Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith wants the School Board to approve a $21.6 million renovation of the 89-year-old Marysville K-8 School, which burned in a fire last November.

The recommendation from the superintendent is a more expensive alternative to rebuilding only the damaged spaces of the wood-frame building, which suffered about $7 million in fire damage up from an original estimate of $4 million last year. That rejected option would have cost $5.1 million, according to preliminary estimates from DLR Group, an architectural design firm that PPS hired to study the building. It also would have been covered mostly by insurance. (PPS is self-insured up to $1 million.)

If the Portland School Board approves Smith's recommendation for a full overhaul at Marysville, the cost of the plan (which also calls for increasing the building's capacity from 435 to 500) will be rolled into the proposal for a $548 million construction bond. That bond could go to voters in May 2011, assuming the School Board approves the measure at its Dec. 13 meeting.

At a Tuesday evening meeting to discuss the superintendent's recommendation, a three-person subcommittee of the School Board acknowledged Smith's plan would need to be reviewed if the proposed bond failed.

Photo of Marysville K-8 School courtesy of KATU.
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