Over Crowded SE Portland Schools
On the Portland Public Schools Board agenda (here) for their 3/10/14 meeting is a draft resolution to use $5,204,057 from the Construction Excise Tax Fund for athletic fields.
I have no problems with the purpose of the spending: completing new athletic fields at the PPS high schools that have not yet been upgraded:
My problem, and PPS's problem, is that there may be a higher priority need for at least $2 million of the proposed $5 million in Construction Excise Tax Fund dollars: schools in SE Portland are overcrowded, additional classrooms are needed, and refurbishing Kellogg to put it back into use may cost $2 million. From my prior blog post (here):
Now, maybe PPS has come up with another strategy to resolve the space issues in SE Portland that does not involve putting Kellogg back into use. If so, it needs to be discussed in public before Construction Excise Tax Fund dollars are committed to athletic fields. So, the PPS Board should delay acting on the athletic field funding resolution until its knows how it is going to resolve the space issues in SE Portland.