48,500 – That’s how many students attend Portland Public Schools, a district with facilities that are an average of 77 years old.
Aging buildings mean that thousands of students are exposed to health and safety risks such as asbestos, lead, heating problems, defunct sprinklers, leaky roofs, and more.
Up for election on May 16 is a PPS bond measure (Measure 26-193) that would provide significant health and safety improvements across the district and fund renovations and modernization to three high schools and a middle school.
In addition to ensuring safe drinking water, removing asbestos, upgrading fire systems, and more, the PPS bond will create modernized learning spaces that are more conducive to STEM and career technical education. This will help Portland students learn in safe buildings with engaging educational opportunities that could help improve the graduation rate.
Please read more on Measure 26-193 and vote "yes" on May 16.