Before any plans are drawn up or walls are town down, Portland Public Schools is asking taxpayers how they want to spend the $482 million in bond money they approved last year.

The district is starting the public process to develop the standards for the modernized schools.

Specifically, PPS is asking:

• What do you hope a modernized school will look and feel like for students? For families? Community members? For teachers and other staff?

• Are there areas in our current schools we need to rethink? Why? What do you want to see?

The district will ask high school and middle school those questions too.

Last week a number of organizations signed on to give their input. They include: All Hands Raised, Black Parent Initiative, Children’s Institute, City of Portland, Coalition of Communities of Color, Concordia University, Latino Network, Oregon PTA, Our Portland Our Schools, Portland Association of Teachers, Portland Business Alliance and Volunteers of America.

Residents are invited to give their input over the next several weeks, through a variety of ways:

• Visit the PPS Facebook page

• Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Attend an input session on school building standards organized by a community partner — meeting dates and times will be posted on the school building improvement bond web page,

• Sign up to be involved in a design advisory group for Roosevelt or Franklin high school. To do so, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This summer, PPS will begin fixing leaking roofs, making seismic improvements and upgrading access at five schools: Alameda K-5, Bridlemile K-5, Laurelhurst K-8, Lewis K-5 and Wilson High School.

Project timelines, status reports and other information will be posted regularly to the school bond web page.

PPS will also host open houses, site tours and presentations at neighborhood, business and parent associations.

And the district's Bond Accountability Committee — comprised of construction industry experts and reporting directly to the school board — will meet quarterly to review bond funded projects and offer advice to the school board.

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