About the Bond
On Election Day, Portlanders will vote on a bond measure that asks us to reinvest $482 million in our public schools. The Portland Public School Bond - Measure 26-144 - is our chance to turn this city’s aging school buildings into the safe, healthy, and inspiring environments that Portland deserves.
The School Bond is the result of a year of unprecedented collaboration between community volunteers and Portland Public Schools. Measure 26-144 is the first step in a plan to transform all of our aging public school buildings into truly great facilities over the next 30 years.
What will the bond will do for our aging school buildings?
Completely modernize four schools: Roosevelt, Franklin, and Grant High Schools and Faubion K-8
These high schools are targeted for full modernizations because of high seismic risks and major accessibility problems. Faubion will receive a full modernization due to a capital partnership with Concordia University
$278 million total value: Grant $95 million, Franklin $85 million, Roosevelt $70 million, Faubion $28 million.
Improve safety and accessibility in at least 30 additional schools throughout the district
Seismic strengthening at as many as 26 schools: Abernethy K-5, Ainsworth K-5, Alameda K-5, Arleta K-8, Beach K-8, Beaumont MS, Benson HS, Beverly Cleary K-8, Boise Eliot PK-8, Buckman K-5, Chief Joseph K-8, Cleveland HS, Creative Science K-8, Creston K-8, Duniway K-5, Grout K-8, Hayhurst K-5, Hosford MS, Jackson MS, James John K-5, Jefferson HS, Lane MS, Llewellyn K-5, MLC K-12, Sabin PK-8, Woodlawn PK-8
Roof replacement / seismic bracing at as many as 14 schools: Abernethy K-5, Ainsworth K-5, Alameda K-5, Arleta K-8, Beverly Cleary K-8, Boise Eliot PK-8, Buckman K-5, Cleveland HS, Creative Science K-8, Creston K-8, Hayhurst K-5, Hosford MS, James John K-5, Sabin PK-8
Roof replacement at as many as 8 schools: Bridlemile K-5, Jackson MS, Laurelhurst K-8, Lewis K-5, Maplewood K-5, Sellwood MS, Stephenson K-5, Wilson HS
Improve accessibility to educational programs at as many as 33 schools: Ainsworth K-5, Arleta K-8, Beach K-8, Benson HS,, Buckman K-5, Cesar Chavez K-8, Cleveland HS, Harrison Park K-8, Holladay Annex, Holladay Center, Hosford MS, James John K-5, Jefferson HS, King K-8, Lane MS, Lent K-8, Lincoln HS, Madison HS, Markham K-5, Meek HS, MLC K-12, Ockley Green K-8, Peninsula K-8, Richmond PK-5, Rigler K-8, Sabin PK-8, Scott K-8, Sunnyside K-8, Vestal K-8, West Sylvan MS, Wilson HS, Winterhaven K-8, Woodlawn PK-8
- Total value: $69.5 million
Update middle school science classrooms at up to 39 schools
Improve 6-8 grade science classrooms with sinks and electrical outlets: Beaumont MS, Da Vinci MS, George MS, Gray MS. Hosford MS, Jackson MS, Lane MS, Mt Tabor MS, Sellwood MS, West Sylvan MS, Arleta K-8, Astor K-8, Beach PK-8, Beverly Cleary K-8, Boise- Eliot K-8, Bridger K-8, Cesar Chavez K-8, CSS K-8 , Creston K-8, Harrison Park K-8, Hayhurst K-8, Irvington K-8, Laurelhurst K-8, King K-8, Lee K-8, Lent K-8, MLC K-12, Ockley Green K-8, Peninsula K-8, Rigler K-6, Roseway Heights K-8, Sabin K-8, Scott K-8, Skyline K-8, Sunnyside K-8, Vernon K-8, Vestal K-8, Winterhaven K-8, Woodlawn K-8
Total value: $5 million
Rosa Parks K-8
Boiler conversions, prior roof replacements, other financed capital projects
Total value: $45 million
Required reserves, materials and labor cost escalation, bond issuance costs and improvements and transportation to buildings where students attend school while their school is renovated. Master planning for 6 high schools ($1.5 million).
Total value: $84.5 million
What will the bond cost taxpayers?
The tax rate is estimated to be $1.10/$1,000 of assessed value. The rate would be split between $1.10 paid over 8 years and $0.30 paid over an additional 12 years.
Got more questions?
We've got lots of answers. You can also read the school district's discussion of the bond or read the school board resolution, ballot question, and official explanatory statement.