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All Encouraged To Attend Jan. 19 School Facilities Public Hearing

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All Encouraged To Attend Jan. 19 School Facilities Public Hearing
Posted on 01/17/2017
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Portland Public Schools families, staff and other community members are encouraged to make their voices heard at a public hearing on Thursday, Jan. 19, regarding a plan to pay for proposed renovations at Presumpscot, Longfellow, Lyseth, and Reiche elementary schools. The City Council’s School Facilities Ad Hoc Committee is hosting the public hearing, which will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. Free childcare will be available.

The committee has spent six months reviewing the need for the renovations and a bond proposal to pay for them. At the culmination of the public hearing, the committee plans to take action on a $60.9 million bond proposal made by the co-chairs of the committee, as well as any other proposals that may be presented for consideration.

“During the past six months, the School Facilities Ad Hoc Committee has worked diligently to understand the needs of our schools. I believe there is consensus around the fact that these schools need significant upgrading,” Portland Superintendent Xavier Botana said. “I encourage the Portland community – parents, staff and taxpayers – to take this opportunity to inform and shape this important decision.”

The committee is co-chaired by Portland Board of Public Education member Marnie Morrione and Mayor Ethan Strimling. Other members are Anna Trevorrow, school board chair, and school board members Stephanie Hatzenbuehler and Sarah Thompson. Also on the committee are city councilors Nick Mavodones, David Brenerman and Justin Costa.

To encourage parent participation, students from the Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS) who are learning about early-childhood education will be on hand to offer supervised child care services in Room 24 of City Hall for any families who wish to attend the meeting. A snack will also be provided.

For information related to the work of the School Facilities Ad Hoc Committee thus far, click HERE.