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School district visits Woodstock to celebrate bond measure passage

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - PPS Board members Martin Gonzalez and Ruth Adkins flank Mayor-elect Charlie Hales, as they celebrate the PPS $482 million bond measure's gaining voter approval.The Portland Public Schools celebrated the passage of its record-breaking $482 million bond measure by traveling to Woodstock’s Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, as school let out on Thursday, November 8.

“[On Election Day], we took a major step towards making PPS schools safer, more accessible, and up-to-date,” Superintendent Carole Smith said. “We are glad that voters approved the school bond measure. It is exciting to see our community come together to improve our schools.”

This bond represents a community-owned vision for Portland area schools, Smith said, and “reflects the priorities we heard, loud and clear, from the Portland community. We thank the many people who helped shape this bond, and express their priorities for our schools.”

Meriwether Lewis Elementary Principal Tim Lauer told THE BEE how the bond measure will help his school.

“Our school really needs a new roof,” Lauer said. “We have quite a few spots where it leaks. And, we’re concerned about the damage from rainwater that seeps into the ceiling and walls, and doesn’t drip down to the floor.”

The new roof will be installed this summer, Lauer said. “It will be great not needing to dodge buckets scattered around classrooms and halls when it rains.”

The eight-year bond will replace leaking roofs, improve seismic safety, make schools more accessible to the disabled, upgrade science labs, and rebuild four schools including Franklin High, District officials said.