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School Board To Discuss Hall School Options, CIP Planning

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School Board To Discuss Hall School Options, CIP Planning
Posted on 11/16/2015
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The Portland Board of Public Education will hold a workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 17, immediately following its regular meeting. Among topics at the workshop will be some proposed additional locally funded options for the planned new state-funded replacement of Hall Elementary School. The board also is slated to discuss district capital improvements needs and funding.

The board’s meeting will take place at Portland High School in the school’s library, which is located on the third floor of the school, located at 284 Cumberland Avenue. The regular meeting will begin after the board holds a 7 p.m. caucus to take a straw vote regarding the selection of a school board chairperson for the next year. A formal vote to elect a new chair will take place at the board’s Dec. 7 meeting.

The workshop, to begin after the regular meeting concludes, includes a discussion by the board on recommendations to the City Council regarding locally funded options for the construction of Hall Elementary School. A referendum on the Hall School project could come before Portland voters in April 2016.

The state has agreed to pay for a replacement school, the cost of which is estimated to be at least $20 million, but the Hall School Building Committee has come up with a list of nine possible upgrades that would have to be funded locally. The upgrades would improve education and energy efficiency, enhance security and reduce the cost of stormwater management.

The proposed upgrades include additional security upgrades to classroom doors; building the school to meet LEED “green building” standards; building a middle-school-sized gymnasium to provide for a larger recreational and performance space for students and the community; adding additional play equipment and the construction of outdoor learning spaces; and adding more stormwater treatment areas to reduce or eliminate the cost of city of Portland stormwater impact fees.

The board also will be discussing the district’s capital improvement needs and possible Capital Improvement Program (CIP) recommendations to the City Council. Discussion is likely to include the district’s 2017 capital improvement needs – which range from new buses to fire alarm, boiler and window replacements.

More information on the Hall School locally funded options and the CIP can be found in the school board’s current meeting packet. That packet can be viewed on the district’s website, www.portlandschools.org, by going to the “Board of Education” tab and clicking on “Current Meeting Packet,” or by clicking here.