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Rieke anxiety ranks high

A recent survey revealed that Hillsdale residents' greatest concern about living there is uncertainty over the future of Rieke Elementary School.

Portland school board officials this spring had said they would close Rieke unless attendance increases. In response, a group of parents who support the school commissioned a survey to determine the school's strengths and weaknesses.

The survey found that parents with children in the school are overwhelmingly positive about its offerings. Their biggest concern is its possible closure.

The survey was conducted by Davis, Hibbitts and Midghall Inc. The Portland-based public opinion research firm questioned 417 Hillsdale residents in July.

The survey found that most residents are very satisfied with their neighborhood, praising the public library, schools, farmers market, neighbors and local shops and restaurants.