I have promoted reopening Kellogg Middle School since 2011 (here). In early 2014, the estimated cost to reopen Kellogg was $2 million. On 8/18/16, the Business and Operations Committee of the PPS Board considered a document “Kellogg Middle School Context” (here) that gave three estimates for reopening Kellogg: (1) a $20-22 million renovation without addressing all major health and safety issues, (2) a $30-32 million renovation that does address all major health and safety issues, or (3) $43-45 million to tear down and replace the existing building. If an architect is hired immediately, a renovation to the existing facility could open in 2019 and tear down and rebuild could open in 2020.
I was not at the meeting, missed whatever discussion took place, and if a decision was made.
First, it makes little sense to spend $20-22 million renovating a facility that would still have health and safety issues. Delete that option.
Second, there are two unacknowledged issues in considering tearing down and replacing the existing building: (a) whether the new building should be a 6-8 middle school or a headstart-pk-5 elementary school (both have been proposed and considered by PPS in various options over the past few years) and (b) what should be the designed enrollment of the new school, especially if it again becomes a middle school. Staff provided the committee with no analysis on these issues in the written memo, yet said staff “needs direction on which way the Board wants to go renovation/new.” On display again is PPS’s disorganized, unsystematic facility planning process (there really is no process).
Consider, for example, the elementary, yet relevant, questions of “how many middle school classrooms does PPS need in SE Portland? Now? In twenty years?” I have seen no estimates, no analysis.
Further ask: “If Kellogg is rebuilt anew how many classrooms should it have?” The current Kellogg facility is listed as having 37 classrooms. Should a new Kellogg Middle School be designed to serve an enrollment as large as West Sylvan Middle School (966 students in 2015-16)? Why not? Where is the data and analysis?