Will you support the new $482M school bond?
PORTLAND -- The Portland School Board voted Monday on a $482 construction bond plan that will eventually be put a public vote.
A separate vote on Aug. 20 will determine which election the bond measure would be placed before voters, the November general election a likely date.
If approved by voters, the plan would modernize Franklin, Grant and Roosevelt high schools and Faubion school, upgrade science classrooms and strengthen or replace a number of roofs.
The eight-year bond would be levied at a rate of $1.10 per $1,000 of assessed valuation on property taxes.
“Historically, Portland Public Schools has struggled with sufficient funding to maintain the number of schools we have. And have had to really pull back and really take care of the more emergency-related things," said Randy Miller, the Director of Project Management for the school district.
“(I am) not a public school hater,” said Craig Flynn who put six kids through public schools and owns property in Portland. He believes many voters will reject the $482-billion bond request.
“I don’t know about you, but I talk to a lot of people. They don’t have the money right now – a lot of small businesses can’t afford any more because they're living on their savings now, but the schools want more. A lot of us don’t have that," Flynn said.
KGW Reporter Pat Dooris contributed to this report