Portland school upgrades, repairs on track

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Five Portland public schools are getting seismic upgrades this summer thanks to a $482 million bond approved by voters last November.

The work began in mid-June and is on schedule be complete by the time students return to class in the fall. The improvements include replacing the roofs for Wilson High School, Bridlemile and Lewis Elementary Schools and the Laurelhurst School. Alameda Elementary is also receiving earthquake safety upgrades. Laurelhurst is also getting upgraded science classrooms.

The Wilson High School repairs mark the biggest roof replacement project funded by the bond.

“It’s our largest that we’re planning in the whole bond program; it’s about three acres,” said Randy Miller, director of project management at Portland Public Schools.

“We’ll no longer have leaks in classrooms, in hallways; leaks in the gym, leaks in the restrooms, all those things.”

This is only the first phase of several for the 8-year improvement bond. Over the next several years, Franklin, Grant and Roosevelt high schools will be rebuilt, and other six other high schools will undergo renovations, according to PPS. The bond will also fund seismic work at 63 other schools.

“We’re preserving our fixed assets, preserving the investment we’ve already made, we’re investing in their future,” Miller said.

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