12 Portland schools get $11M makeover

The money comes from an improvement bond voters approved in 2012

Hosford Middle School in Portland is undergoing an upgrade with money approved in 2012 by voters. July 10, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Hosford Middle School in Portland is undergoing an upgrade with money approved in 2012 by voters. July 10, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The periodic table of elements may still be hanging on a wall at Hosford Middle School in Portland, but the entire building is undergoing an upgrade this summer.

The money comes from an improvement bond voters approved in 2012. This summer, a total of $11.2 million will be used to upgrade a number of schools, including Hosford.

Hosford Middle School in Portland is undergoing an upgrade with money approved in 2012 by voters. July 10, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Hosford Middle School in Portland is undergoing an upgrade with money approved in 2012 by voters. July 10, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

A dozen schools will get improvements, twice as many as were completed last summer.

“The first summer in which we did five schools, basically we picked the worst for us in terms of roofs,” said Randy Miller, the director of project management for Portland Public Schools. “This year we went through and analyzed based on a variety of criteria and came up with a  list of 12 schools.”

The district based it on four different categories: roof replacement, accessibility improvements, seismic rehabilitation and science classroom improvements.

The biggest project is roof replacements, costing $5.9 million.

Some of the roofs, Miller said, were “just horrendous. We got water leaking into buckets in the classroom.”

Since more than half of the PPS schools were built before 1940 — Hosford was built in 1925 — many of them are overdue for the seismic upgrades.

That costs $3.1 million.

“As part of the re-roof project, when it’s appropriate we are also combining some seismic, where we are tying  the diaphragm into the walls as well as parafoot bracing, which is what you see on our parafoot walls around us,” Miller said.

The district is also improving the accessibility for students with disabilities, which includes three new elevators, door levers and ramps (a total cost of $596,000).

The remaining $500,000 will be spent on science classroom upgrades, including new sinks and electrical and flooring improvements.

The other schools getting makeovers this summer include:

Arleta (K-8)
Beach (PK-8)
Boise- Eliot/Humboldt (PK-8)
Chief Joseph (K-3)
Creston (K-8)
Grout (K-5)
Hosford (6-8)
James John (K-5)
King (PK-8)
Lane (6-8)
Vernon (K-8)
Woodlawn (PK-8)

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