PORTLAND – Portland Public Schools’ Superintendent Carole Smith revealed what she's choosing to cut from a group of North and Northeast Portland campuses Friday.
It’s a decision that affects hundreds of students and their families in the Jefferson cluster.
The school district said only about half the students who live in the Jefferson neighborhood actually go to school there.
After months of meetings, the district announced a plan to eventually close Chief Joseph Elementary and merge it with the Ockley Green School.
Upset parents said Chief Joseph is a solution for increasing enrollment, not a school that should be closed.
“We have the highest number of students from our neighborhood attending our neighborhood school," said Melissa Frantz. “It feels a little bit like being punished for success, and that’s probably the hardest pill to swallow.”
“It has been clear that the issues facing the Jefferson cluster are complex and long-standing. I recognize that PPS itself carries a measure of responsibility for these issues,” Smith said in her statement.
The closure of Chief Joseph, however, is just a recommendation at this point. The school board will vote at the end of the month.