PORTLAND -- Chief Joseph Elementary School and Ockley-Green Middle School, both part of the Jefferson High cluster, have been rescued from closure.

After two public hearings a majority of the Portland School Board had serious reservations with Superintendent Carol Smith's recommendations.

After school board members voiced their concerns, a proposal was made and endorsed to keep both Chief Joseph Elementary and Ockley Green Middle schools open.

The board in two weeks will vote on a plan to operate both school buildings as one school with two campuses serving kindergarten through eighth grade students.

I am not recommending the closure of any neighborhood schools in the Jefferson cluster at this time in order to minimize disruption for students and promote stability, Smith wrote to the board. Keeping neighborhood schools open will give the community and the school district time to strengthen programs and increase capture rates.

More:Read Smith's recommendations and next steps

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