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Board To Vote on Recommending Elementary School Bond to Council

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Board To Vote on Recommending Elementary School Bond to Council
Posted on 05/25/2016
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The Portland Board of Public Education will hold a first reading and public hearing on Tuesday, June 7, on whether to recommend to the City Council that it send a $70 million bond proposal to city voters in November to pay for improvements at Presumpscot, Longfellow, Lyseth, and Reiche elementary schools.

The board will hold a public hearing and take a final vote on the recommendation on June 21.

The board’s June 7 meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The June 21 meeting will be at Hall Elementary School.

After holding a workshop and public hearing on needed improvements at the four elementary schools on May 24, board members expressed support for making such a recommendation. Members said that the four schools are in urgent need of upgrades, which are necessary to ensure all students in the district have access to a facility that meets their learning needs.

The district has been studying for several years how to transform five aged and deteriorating elementary schools in the district into 21st century centers for learning. One of those schools, Hall Elementary School, is eligible for state funding. Portland voters in April approved spending $29.7 million to build a new Hall school on the existing site. All but $1.4 million of the bonded amount will be reimbursed by the state.

According to the most recent “Buildings for Our Future” report from architecture and engineering firm Oak Point Associates, it will cost a projected $70 million to upgrade the four remaining schools, Presumpscot, Longfellow, Lyseth, and Reiche.

For more information, visit the Buildings for Our Future quick link on the district website, www.portlandschools.org or click here.