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PORTLAND Students and parents Wednesday at Alameda school got a first-hand look at major upgrades to one of five Portland schools improved over the summer.

The $482 million PPS School Building Improvement Bond was passed to fix leaking roofs, seismically upgrade schools, upgrade science classrooms and make 63 schools more accessible to people with disabilities.

Summer Work 2013: School by school

The first of the projects, totaling $12.2 million was finished on time and on budget, according to Superintendent Carole Smith.

Alameda was rated poor in its ability to withstand an earthquake. After summer improvements, the school s rating was upgraded to good.

At Alameda, as with the other four schools receiving new roofs and seismic upgrades, the goal is to make the building less likely to collapse in the case of an earthquake and provide students and teachers more time to safely exit the building, Smith said.

The district will make more upgrades throughout the year using funding from the bond.

Next summer, ten more schools will receive seismic upgrades similar to the project done at Alameda.

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KGW reporter Ashley Korslien contributed to this report.

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