Portland high schoolers protest bond measure delay

PPS board members voted 4-3 to keep measure on May 2017 ballot

Portland high schoolers attended Tuesday's school board meeting in the hopes of getting a bond measure back on the November ballot. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland high school students attended Tuesday’s school board meeting in the hopes of getting a bond measure back on the November ballot.

The $750 million bond measure would help raise funds for much-needed repairs on local campuses. But Portland Public Schools board members recently decided to postpone putting it on the ballot until May 2017.

“We have to acknowledge that we really are not where we should be in order to approach the voters,” PPS board member Paul Anthony previously said.

High schoolers who attended Tuesday night’s meeting told district officials not to wait to get the money to fix problems with lead, radon and buildings that are falling apart.

But PPS Chair Tom Koehler said the $750 million bond measure was constructed before the height of the district’s lead issue. He told students the gravity of the problem needed to be taken into consideration before the measure goes to voters.

It’s something Koehler said the district won’t be ready to do in 2 months.

The board ended up voting 4-3 to affirm the May 2017 date.

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