II. 7:05 pm - Consent Agenda: Resolutions 6147 through 6149 (5 min) Vote- Public Comment Accepted
Director Brim-Edwards asked for information regarding how the Professional Conduct training will be delivered to contractors with unsupervised contact with students and she asked what the metrics for success were for the contract with the Center for Equity and Inclusion. She added that there should be clarification that the contract for the Ainsworth office expansion is for Special Education office space expansion.
Student Representative Shue asked why his vote was not included in the minutes. Ms. Bradshaw shared that because it’s an unofficial vote, with the new program there is not a place to put it in the official minutes. She added that the student representative vote would be included in the overview so that it is on record, but that the document is not adopted by the board.
There was a motion to approve the consent agenda, which was seconded and put to a voice vote. The motion passed, with Student Representative Shue abstaining.
II.1. RESOLUTION 6147: Expenditure Contracts that Exceed $150,000 for Delegation of Authority
RESOLUTION No. 6147
Expenditure Contracts that Exceed $150,000 for Delegation of Authority
Portland Public Schools ("District") Public Contracting Rules PPS-45-0200 ("Authority to Approve District Contracts; Delegation of Authority to Superintendent") requires the Board of Education ("Board") enter into contracts and approve payment for products, materials, supplies, capital outlay, equipment, and services whenever the total amount exceeds $150,000 per contract, excepting settlement or real property agreements. Contracts meeting this criterion are listed below.
The Superintendent recommends that the Board approve these contracts. The Board accepts this recommendation and by this resolution authorizes the Deputy Clerk to enter into the following agreements.
Description of Services
Responsible Administrator, Funding Source
Clarity Construction, Inc.
7/29/20 through 11/15/20
Ainsworth office expansion.
Invitation To Bid - Construction 2020-2844
Endres Northwest, Inc.
7/29/20 through 11/13/20
Stephenson classroom upgrades.
Invitation To Bid - Construction 2020-2846
Todd Hess Building Co.
7/29/20 through 11/30/20
Marshall High School campus grandstands - ADA upgrades & repairs.
Invitation To Bid - Construction 2020-2842
Todd Hess Building Co.
7/29/20 through 11/30/20
Wilson High School campus grandstands - ADA upgrades & repairs.
Invitation To Bid- Construction 2020-2843
7/29/20 through 11/30/20
Jefferson High School campus grandstands - ADA upgrades & repairs.
Invitation To Bid- Construction 2020-2841
DreamBox Learning, Inc.
8/1/20 through 8/1/23
DreamBox math license & training for all K-8 students in all schools.
Approved Special Class Procurement - Copyrighted Materials and Works
SAFE Transportation, Inc.
7/29/20 through 6/30/25
Provide transportation services to District students who are unable to be served by a school bus and as determined by their IEP.
Approved Special Class Procurement - Secure, Specialized Transportation for Special Needs Students.
Center for Equity and Inclusion
7/29/20 through 6/30/21
RESJ professional development.
II.3. RESOLUTION 6149: Appointment of Custodian Civil Service Board
RESOLUTION No. 6149
Appointment of Custodial Civil Service Board
The Portland Custodial Civil Service Board was established in1937 following the passage of the Custodian Civil Service Bill (SB 260) by the Oregon Legislature.
The Custodial Civil Service Board is an independent entity created under this law and is responsible for the judicial oversight of the application and administration of the Custodial Civil Service Law (ORS 242.310 to 242.640 and ORS 242.990) in the Portland Public School District.
Board Commissioners are appointed by the PPS Board of Education for a term of two, four or six years.
There are two vacancies on the Custodial Civil Service Board.
Brian Caufield has been nominated to serve on the Custodial Civil Service Board for a term of four years.
Mr. Caufield is a labor lawyer with over 20 years of experience in the field. He started his career with the National Labor Relations Board before moving to a firm and ultimately to his current role of representing Oregon’s public universities in all facets of labor relations. He has worked extensively with a number of SEIU locals including Local 32BJ in New York and Local 503 in Oregon. Brian serves as a member of the Rules Advisory Committee for Oregon’s Employment Relations Board. He has been a resident of Portland’s Concordia neighborhood since 2013 and currently volunteers as a coach to Franklin High’s Constitutional Law and Mock Trial programs.
Mr. Caufield is appointed to the Custodial Civil Service Board with a term that expires June 30, 2024
III. 7:10 pm - Student and Public Comment (25 min)
Mitchell Kenny: Senior at Benson HS. He stated that the proposed four class per semester block would create problems for AB students, that students would lose the continuity of the learning, and that students couldn’t take more than four IB classes.
Andrew Constantinescu: Asked the board to stick behind the renaming of Madison High School, and to fast track it so that it is done with the redesign. Students have been advocating for years and it will show a commitment to BIPOC students.
Tim Kniser: Madision HS teacher. Madison High School name change should happen now, it will save money because designs and names are being placed on things now during the modernization. Getting it done will allow people to work on other important things to create a just and equable world for our students.
Aminah Ali: Parent of a Madison High School students and Alumni. She was thrilled that the district acknowledged that the name of Madison should be changed, 3-5 years is too long to wait. The community has been suffering for a long time, needs something to look forward to. Don’t make students walk into a brand new building with an antiquated name.
Edom Daniel: Address youth pass as part of Get Moving measure. Youth access to transit improves climate justice and social justice. Even though PPS has a high school pass program, it would extend to summer, and support regional communities. Act in the interest of youth and marginalized students. Corporation have been against it. It matters to students and youth.
Nia Calloway: campaign lead with youth pass on behalf of get moving measure. Students without reliable transportation miss more days of school. Access to youth pass will decrease chronic absenteeism, expands resources to low income and BIPOC students and families, young lives will be improved by having safer transit. Companies have come out against the measure due to employee tax. Urge board of education to only think about Portland students. Creates future of loyal riders mitigating congestion and climate change. Ask for full support of the youth path portion of the measure, as well as safe routes to school.
Vanda Hunter: Alejandra Gallegos. Entire Metro council passed the Get Moving Measure that would include a 9 million dollar investment in a transit pass program for all youth regardless of income and enrollment status. Twenty years of work, predominantly black and brown women. Increasing transportation, decreases dropout rates and increases graduation rates. The board can correct a racist history by fully supporting the youth pass portion of the pass going forward. Measure also supports other equity solutions including safe routes to school, better and safer buses and corridor improvements.
IV. 7:35 pm - Student Representative's Report (10 min)
Student Representative Nathaniel Shue shared that it’s difficult to report on students as it is summer, and so he will report on the District Student Counsel (DSC). He shared that they are working to appoint at least one member to each board committee, and that currently they only have a DSC representative from about half of the schools and are hoping to fill all of those positions. The DSC is working on looking at the policy regarding student representatives. He stated that the DSC would like to signal their support to the protestors and the students who have been involved in the Black Lives Matters, and condemns the federal response which have no place in a democratic society.
V. 7:45 pm - Superintendent's Report (10 min)
Superintendent Guerrero shared that the district will return to school fully online based on guidance from health officials and the governor. He shared that they are working on a comprehensive learning model, which will be different than it was at the end of last year and will include a weekly schedule, regular interaction with teachers, grades, and attendance taken. He added that they are collaborating with school leaders to build community and support structures, including reinforcing partnerships with culturally specific providers. He shared that they are waiting for the next state budget analysis to continue resource planning, noting that there is a possibility that the Student Investment Account (SIA) funding will be cut by 2/3 instead of the originally anticipated 1/3, but that measure 98 funding and the state fund might be fully funded. He noted that the next legislative session is scheduled to begin August 10, 2020. He shared that the board will be discussing going to the voters asking them to continue to investment in Portland Public Schools (PPS) through a bond package, including curriculum, technology and facilities upgrades, continued modernization, and ADA accessibility. He noted that part of that package will include a Center for Black Student Excellence, and that it will be a partnership with community partners to uplift black students. He concluded with sharing that the theme for the next year will be Together We Will and that the summer leadership institute will still happen virtually.
Director Scott provided an overview of how the bond package was created. Director Kohnstamm shared that the board has four achievement oriented goals and that the bond package is an investment in materials to achieve those goals. She shared that digital and traditional curriculum, including ethnic studies curriculum, Special Education investment improvements, ADA first floor accessibility, and health and safety improvements, which includes roof work, seismic, mechanical, and security improvements are part of the package. Director DePass shared that the package will include the modernization of Jefferson and the planning, design and pre-construction for the Center for Black Excellence. She added that the Jefferson alumni association has expressed an interest in renaming Jefferson to go along with a shiny new school. Director Bailey shared that the bond includes completing the Multiple Pathways to Graduation (MPG) and Benson projects, and planning for completion of the remaining two high schools, which could begin construction as soon as 2025. Director Brim-Edwards shared that the bond is a renewal, and is not an increase in cost or rate. She added that there will continue to be an independent bond auditor, who shares their audits with the Bond Accountability Committee (BAC) and the board’s audit committee, an external financial auditor, and contract auditing that audits change orders and invoices, as they have for the previous bond programs. She added that the board expanded the BAC responsibilities, which is comprised of area experts, to review the bond package prior to the referral in advance, which had never been done before. Kevin Spellman from BAC shared that he views the new charge as making sure that the amount of money being asked for aligned with the scope of work. He shared that they looked at every piece of the program and explored how staff had calculated the cost, and asked questions of staff. He shared that they have issued a memo to the board, and their finding is that their proposal is supported by processes and cost estimating strategies.
Public Comment on Bond Package
Kathy Reynolds: Multiple Pathways to Graduation (MPG) Design Advisory Group (DAG). Having MPG included in the bond is the right thing to do. MPG serves a majority of student of color and serves students age 6-21. Staff work to create a system that works for all students. MPG program includes Reconnection Academies, Alliance, Dart Clinton, and teen parent services which will service MPG and Benson students with children. They brought trauma informed care into the design, creating a space that was welcoming and supports various needs.
Jason Trombley: In favor of current bond package. Step closer to full PPS high school modernization. Current bond package brings Wilson community one step closer to modernization and gives families time to look at the design plan, think through the name change, and consider how to best plan for learning during construction. For Cleveland it gives them time to work through property complexities, and aligns Roosevelt with other modernizations. Allows for future work including in ADA. He supports middle school redesign. Package also allows district time and resources to design and invest in curriculum for K-8.
Lakeitha Elliot: Center for Black Excellence. 3rd generation alumni of Jefferson HS. Love for School of Champions. Has served on many committees at the school. Jefferson was suggested as the first school. It is time to ensure the school is modernized. Grew up walking the halls of Jefferson. Raised by grandparents. Her siblings and she were part of the first SEI programs, Urban League of Portland, a community Saturday School program. Teachers at Humboldt Middle School who were from the neighborhood helped her thrive even though her situation. Jefferson served as a community for her. The center for black Excellence can be envisioned because of that community. Opportunity to create a generation who know that people care about them. Honor commitment to students.
Roberta Phillip-Robbins. Center for Black Excellence. 2nd grader at Kiaros. Acknowledge PPS proactive role in partnering with Kairos and Albina Vision trust to create a vision of the Center for Black Excellence. Through the bond referral, there is an opportunity to come closure to fulfilling the promises in Brown v Board of Ed. Black students have been failed by PPS. Highly publicized failures, disproportionate discipline, dismal graduation rates and referral to the criminal justice system, non-quantifiable failures: black students shuffled into lower performing schools, leave a system thinking they are not meant to reach their potential. Urge to take the step to build the Center for Black Excellence.
Angela Jarvis Holland: ADA. Support of Black Lives Matter and all pieces connect and ADA is a piece of the RESJ framework. Disabilities crosses all races, incomes, sexualities. This bond is about belonging. No one can learn if they don’t believe they belong. Curriculum is the next layer where help is needed. Hoping to elevate others voices. People shouldn’t have to hack their way through for justice.
Michael Alexander: Secretary at Albina Vision Trust and past President of the Urban League of Portland. Albina Vision trust offers their endorsement and support for the Bond Renewal package, particularly with the commitment to the revitalization of the Jefferson community. PPS school board has embraced concepts that supported racism and cultural deprivation that has been addressed overtime. Ongoing efforts to unpack the impacts of past policies. What has been done is not enough. You cannot fix what you won’t face. Heartened by the resolution in the June meeting and the language in this resolution to own up to the history of non-performance. Opportunity to invest in students in the community. Center for Black Excellence is an opportunity to step back and offer a new pathway. Supports changes in naming conventions, it’s important to identify what it will be replaced with. Good work is being done by organizations around Portland.
VI.1. RESOLUTION 6150: Resolution In Support of Centering Black Student Excellence in Portland Public Schools Vote - Public Comment Accepted
RESOLUTION No. 6150
Resolution In Support of Centering Black Student Excellence in Portland Public Schools
In 2019, the Board of Education adopted "PPS reImagined," a community-driven vision for what we want for the graduates, system, and educators of the Portland Public Schools (PPS). This ambitious vision represents the values and aspirations of thousands of Portland students, families, staff, partners, and members of the community, and articulates our foundational and enduring belief in Racial Equity and Social Justice and that all students can succeed academically: We believe in the fundamental right to human dignity and also believe that generating an equitable world requires an educational system that intentionally disrupts—and builds leaders to disrupt—systems of oppression.
A decade after the PPS Board adopted a historic Racial Educational Equity Policy that held racial equity and social justice as central tenets to our decisions and actions, PPS is determined to bring about racial justice and equity in our District, espousing a counter-narrative for our Black, Native and Students of Color. Through an updated Racial Equity and Social Justice Framework and Plan, PPS continues its steadfast commitment to creating access to an array of opportunities for students, especially students of color, aligning our cultural norms, practices, and structures so that they center the lived experiences and hopes of our Black, Native, and Students of Color, developing culturally responsive practices, including equitable budgeting, and strengthening our partnerships with culturally specific, community-based providers to tailor individual supports to the needs of our students.
An important aspect of this work is acknowledging the cultural and institutional racism that has existed in our system since its inception. Over our history, PPS has promoted racist policies, protocols, and procedures, helping reinforce racist cultural narratives, beliefs, and norms. Six years before Oregon proposed a state constitution banning Black people from entering, residing, or acquiring property, Portland Public Schools, Oregon’s now-largest school system, was established. For close to 170 years, PPS has failed communities of color - especially Black and Native American students - from the time of its founding, when William Brown, a resident of Portland in the 1860s, was denied the right to enroll his children in one of Portland’s only two public elementary schools, launching what would be the first recorded case of racism against Black children in Portland Public Schools.
While our commitment to calling out and eradicating systems of oppression is clear in our vision, we also know that cultural and institutional racism continues to produce disparities and negatively impacts the lives of our students of color, specifically Black students. Reflecting on our community’s vision for PPS, our core values and educational system shifts along with the acknowledgement of persistent, racialized predictors for student outcomes, PPS must strategically utilize and invest resources in a targeted and culturally responsive manner to achieve racial equity and social justice. Culturally specific organizations are uniquely positioned to partner with PPS to support our racial equity and social justice goals, and we rely on our continued partnership with them to implement culturally responsive family engagement, mentoring, wrap-around services and support.
On June 11, 2020, the Board unanimously approved Resolution 6130, declaring that the lives of Black students and our Black community matter and committing to working with the Portland community to create the conditions for every student, especially our Black and Native students who experience the greatest challenges, to realize the vision of the Graduate Portrait.
The Albina Vision Trust (AVT) is a nonprofit organization facilitating the thoughtful reinvention and transformation of the 94-acres of lower Albina, from which thousands of primarily Black residents were forcibly displaced over decades of urban renewal. Recognizing the power and importance of education, AVT seeks to develop a youth-centered community in lower Albina that creates opportunities for Portland’s next generation of Black people to learn, build wealth and reclaim home. This Albina neighborhood would allow for intentional design for the safety of Black and brown children in the urban environment while at the same time providing the housing and community stability that supports education.
Equitable access to public education has long been a key component of the civil rights movement and fight for racial justice. Building on the legacy of advocacy for Black children in Portland, and catalyzed by the social movement for Black Lives, Black Portland community leaders have put forth the concept of the Center for Black Student Excellence (CBSE). This concept endeavors to center the experience, promote opportunities, accelerate outcomes, and celebrate the achievements of Portland’s Black children. This new collective impact effort channels the decades of visionary leadership and culturally responsive and pedagogically sustaining approaches of community-based nonprofits like Self Enhancement, Inc., and KairosPDX, among other Black-led, culturally specific organizations here in Portland. This emerging community-led concept seeks to unify and elevate the educational experience of Portland’s Black children and their families, connecting a constellation of community schools, such as Boise Eliot/ Humboldt Elementary, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, Tubman Middle School, and Jefferson High School, and Black-led community-based organizations in the Albina Neighborhood. The CBSE will work with the students, families, and community stakeholders to develop a coherent set of strategies that will positively impact student achievement and outcomes while affirming student identity, and will include promoting and supporting culturally responsive/sustaining teaching and learning, from cradle to career. The CBSE will serve as a living expression of Portland Public Schools' expressed commitment to Black Lives and will help advance PPS’s mission to prepare students to be compassionate critical thinkers, able to collaborate and solve problems, and prepared to lead a more socially just world.
On July 28, 2020, the PPS Board of Education will consider adopting a resolution to place a general obligation bond on the November 3, 2020, ballot. If approved, the proposed bond would allocate up to $371 million to modernize Jefferson High School and launch the design and implementation of the Center for Black Student Excellence in neighborhood schools and facilities in North and Northeast Portland, especially in the heart of the historic Albina neighborhood.
NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of Education:
Affirms that it will stand shoulder to shoulder with the Black community, who continue to be central to building this nation and who have fought and continue to fight for more just and equitable opportunities here in Portland and across the United States.
Stands strongly in its commitment to authentically listen, learn, and partner with our community’s Black elders and listen to our Black youth to address the cultural and institutional racism that has existed in our system since its inception.
Commits to affirming its long-held belief to lead with a robust Racial Equity and Social Justice agenda, and centering the lived experiences of our Black students, families, educators, and staff in our actions, decisions, and words.
Firmly stands behind the community-inspired idea of the Center for Black Student Excellence, both as a physically built environment and as a designated set of culturally responsive strategies, immediate and long-term plans, and culturally specific partnerships to advance Black student achievement in PPS.
Affirms the phased approach to implementation based on the Center for Black Student Excellence conceptual design and overall plan, starting with Phase 1 focused investments in North and Northeast Portland facilities funded through the general obligation bond referred to the November 3, 2020, ballot, if approved by voters.
Directs the Superintendent to resource and develop a clear roadmap for the design of the Center for Black Student Excellence - an initiative that focuses on a group of community schools by supporting optimal teaching and learning environments and promoting culturally-responsive strategies - and to continue to partner with culturally specific, Black-led and Black-serving community-based organizations to develop these plans.
Requests that the Superintendent provide regular public updates to the Board of Education on the progress made towards the conceptual design and implementation of the Center for Black Student Excellence.
Director DePass read Resolution 6150 in support of the Center for Black Excellence. Superintendent Guerrero shared that there are many important parts to the bond that will benefit students, but that the one that he is most excited about is the Center for Black Excellence that focuses actions to support black students, and provides an approach to practices that lifts up black students. Directors Kohstamm and Brim-Edwards provided comment in support of the resolution. Director Kohnstamm requested a friendly amendment to the resolution which would remove the word "will" in the last recitals where it states "If approved, the proposed bond would allocate up to $371 million to modernize Jefferson High School and will launch the design and implementation of the Center for Black Student Excellence in neighborhood schools and facilities in North and Northeast Portland, especially in the heart of the historic Albina neighborhood." There was no opposition to the request. There was a motion to approve resolution 6150, which was seconded and put to a voice vote. The motion passed, with Student Representative Shue voting yes, unofficial.
Public Comment on Resolution 6150
Joe McFerrin: President and CEO of Rosemary Anderson High school. Has spent 25 years providing wrap around services to black students who have been pushed out of PPS. Supports the resolution supporting the center for Black Excellence. He is a result of a center for black excellence. He attended the black educational center for 1-5 grade and was given the confidence to be successful. He attended SEI and black men encouraged him to not give up. Superintendent Guerrero is the first superintendent that supports black excellence.
Tony Hobson Sr.: President and CEO of SEI Inc. Past Jefferson student, parent, grandparent and staff member of Jefferson. Total of 55 years of experience at PPS. Institutional racism is the reason that Jefferson is one of the last modernizations instead of the first. Jefferson has no achievement gap of black students and white students, which is what the district says what it wants. Together the black community and proven successful black organizations can create a culture of success for black student. Supports the bond with the Center for Black Excellence. The black community has been doing the work and is ready to go.
VI.2. RESOLUTION NO. 6151: A Resolution of Portland Public Schools, Multnomah County School District No. 1J, Multnomah County, Oregon, Calling a Measure Election to Submit to the Electors of the District the Question of Authorizing $1,208,000,000 of General Obligation Bonds and Providing for Related Matters
Vote - Public Comment Accepted
RESOLUTION NO. 6151
A Resolution of Portland Public Schools, Multnomah County School District No. 1J, Multnomah County, Oregon, Calling a Measure Election to Submit to the Electors of the District the Question of Authorizing $1,208,000,000 of General Obligation Bonds and Providing for Related Matters
After an extensive public process and opportunities for students, parents, and staff to learn about the bond and share their priorities, the Board of Education at its meetings on July 14 and 21, 2020, directed PPS staff to develop a general obligation bond ballot measure and explanatory statement for the Capital Improvement Bond Proposal and present those documents to the Board at its meeting on July 28, 2020, for authorization for submission to the county elections officer;
In response to the Board’s direction, PPS staff has developed the general obligation bond ballot measure that is attached as Exhibit A and the explanatory statement that is attached as Exhibit B;
PPS schools are in critical need of renovation and upgrade to provide students with modern, safe and accessible schools. On average, Portland Public Schools’ buildings are nearly 80 years old. Some were built more than 100 years ago, before World War II. More than half were built before 1940. Before the 2012 bond, only two schools had been built in the last 35 years. Many school buildings and their primary systems are beyond their useful life and out of date.
PPS recognizes that the condition of its facilities has a direct impact on the ability of educators to teach and students to learn and succeed. This bond proposes to better ensure teaching and learning environments that take universal design into account, supported by technical consultation, and invest in classroom modifications, adaptations, and unique equipment for students with disabilities that promote inclusive practices and accessible schools.
PPS is committed to providing students across the district access to safe and healthy learning environments and with up-to-date technology, equipment, curriculum and instructional materials that enrich/enhance comprehensive, authentic, and rigorous learning opportunities, so our students are prepared for life, college, and career, and to meaningfully contribute to their communities.
At the direction of the community in 2012, PPS adopted the Long Range Facilities Plan to modernize and improve schools through a series of capital construction bonds.
In 2012, voters approved the first in the series: a $482 million bond, which funded the modernization of Franklin, Grant, and Roosevelt High Schools, rebuilt Faubion PreK-8 school, and funded other capital projects at 52 other schools, including upgraded science classrooms, new roofs, improved accessibility, and seismic improvements.
Then in 2017, voters approved the second in the series: a $790 million bond to fund the modernization of Benson, Lincoln, and Madison High Schools and Kellogg Middle School and address health and safety issues, including reducing exposure to hazardous materials and improving water quality, improving accessibility, addressing fire safety and improving seismic resiliency.
Many schools are still in need of urgent repair and upgrades to provide students with modern learning environments and address unsafe conditions. If approved by voters, the 2020 PPS Bond will continue progress toward the vision of improving every school over the long term, to make the district’s schools modern, safe, accessible, and welcoming places for our students to learn and excel.
In alignment with the Long Range Facilities Plan for a series of capital construction bonds, this third bond is estimated to maintain the same tax rate until 2024, while Portland Public Schools continues to invest in safer, healthier schools.
To identify specific priorities for investment in the 2020 PPS Bond, PPS updated the original community engagement plan in recognition of the challenges of outreach during a global pandemic. PPS has shared information about proposed bond investments with PPS families and community members, surveyed the community, held a virtual town hall, and convened a series of focus groups with community-based organizations to reach and hear from communities of color
Driven by Portland Public Schools’ core values and vision for its graduates, and informed by community feedback and staff expertise and recommendations, the Board has identified a bond package that includes funds to complete the modernization of Benson Polytechnic High School and build a facility for the Multiple Pathways to Graduation programs, develop and begin implementation of the concept of a Center for Black Student Excellence, including the full modernization of Jefferson High School, , plan and design for additional capacity at Roosevelt High School, and finalize master planning and design of Cleveland High School and Wilson High School.
The District’s Theory of Action is at the heart of the commitment to imagine a Center for Black Student Excellence, which will comprise a collective impact approach and constellation of school campuses and a set of strategies aimed at supporting improved student achievement outcomes in partnership with community partners. If PPS braids racial equity and social justice strategies into its core work, then the district will ensure that every student, especially Black and Native American students, will realize the vision of the graduate portrait.
In addition to the above school modernization and rebuild projects, the bond option includes funding for much needed educational improvements, including investments in curriculum and instructional materials, and critical technology upgrades, including devices (e.g. laptops, tablets, assistive technology) for students that support both distance and classroom learning.
The bond package also includes funding for critical health and safety improvements throughout the District, including at least $33.8 million for improved accessibility for students, staff, and other people with disabilities; repairs or replacement of outdated roofs and mechanical systems; and improved seismic safety and school security systems.
The bond package being proposed is a renewal and therefore is not expected to increase tax rates above previous targets.
Bond projects in this package will be reviewed by the Bond Accountability Committee (BAC) and the regular, independent audits of the bond spending will occur and be reviewed by both the BAC and the PPS Audit Committee.
The Board acknowledges with gratitude the support of Portland voters for school bonds in 1995, 2012, and 2017 and commits to the continued modernization of schools to provide the health, safety, and learning opportunities that every child in Portland deserves.
NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of Education resolves as follows:
A measure election is hereby called for the purpose of submitting to the electors of PPS the question of issuing general obligations bonds in a principal amount not to exceed
A measure election is hereby called for the purpose of submitting to the electors of PPS the question of issuing general obligations bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $1,208,000 to modernize and repair schools (the "Bonds"). Bond proceeds will be used to finance capital costs as described in the attached Exhibit A (the "Bond Projects"). The measure election hereby called shall be held in the District on November 3, 2020. As authorized by the County Clerk of Multnomah County, Oregon, and the Oregon Secretary of State, the election shall be conducted by mail pursuant to ORS 254.465 and 254.470
PPS authorizes the Board Chair, Superintendent, or the designee of either of those individuals (the "Authorized Representative") to take any actions necessary to place the measure in substantially the form that is attached as Exhibit A with such changes as the Authorized Representative may approve on the November 3, 2020 election ballot, and to place the explanatory statement in substantially the form that is attached as Exhibit B with such changes as the Authorized Representative may approve in the voter’s pamphlet for that election. The Authorized Representative shall file the measure and explanatory statement with the elections officer of Multnomah County.
PPS hereby declares its official intent pursuant to Treasury Regulation Section 1.150-2 to reimburse itself with proceeds of the Bonds for capital costs of the Bond Projects that are paid prior to the issues of the Bonds and that are eligible to be financed with proceeds of the Bonds. This resolution is adopted as official action of PPS in order to comply with Section 1.150-2 of the Federal Income Tax Regulations.
ADOPTED by the Board of Education of Portland Public Schools, Multnomah County School District No. 1J, Multnomah County, Oregon this 28th day of July, 2020.
PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS
ATTEST: MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OREGON
Deputy Clerk Chair, Board of Directors
Exhibit A: Notice of Bond Election & Explanatory Statement
CAPTION (10 words) Bonds to Improve Health, Safety, Learning by Modernizing, Repairing Schools
QUESTION (20 words + required language) Shall Portland Public Schools repair, modernize schools; replace technology, curriculum; by issuing bonds estimated to maintain current tax rate? If the bonds are approved, they will be payable from taxes on property or property ownership that are not subject to the limits of sections 11 and 11b, Article XI of the Oregon Constitution.
SUMMARY (175 words)
Measure authorizes up to $1.208 billion in principal amount of general obligation bonds for facilities and education investments. Because previous bond rate is scheduled to decline, measure is not expected to increase tax rates.
If approved, this measure would finance capital costs, including projects that:
Provide curriculum materials, technology, accessibility improvements;
Renovate/replace schools, including Jefferson, Benson, a facility for alternative programs; design renovation/replacement of Cleveland and Wilson; plan and design additional capacity;
Develop a culturally-responsive community vision, make targeted investments in facilities in North/Northeast Portland;
Repair or replace roofs, mechanical systems; and
Strengthen building security; seismic safety.
Requires citizen accountability and oversight; audits of projects and expenditures.
Bonds may be issued in one or more series, with each series maturing in 30 years or less.
Due to declining debt service, measure is not expected to increase PPS’s bond tax rate above $2.50/$1,000 of assessed value, the same rate that has been targeted since the 2017 bond issue. Actual rates may differ based on interest rates and changes in assessed value.
EXPLANATORY STATEMENT (500 words)
In 2012 and 2017, voters approved capital bonds that funded improvements to many of Portland Public Schools’ aging buildings, creating modern, safer places for students to learn.
Over the past eight years:
Roosevelt, Franklin, and Grant were modernized, Faubion PK-8 rebuilt, full plans for Benson’s modernization completed; and
Madison’s modernization and rebuilds of Lincoln and Kellogg Middle School are underway.
In addition, the bond program has addressed infrastructure needs at every school throughout district:
Replacing plumbing to reduce lead, improve water quality;
Removing or encapsulating exposed lead paint and asbestos;
Upgrading fire alarm and sprinkler systems;
Repairing or replacing leaking or deteriorating roofs, with improved seismically strengthened roofs;
Improving accessibility for people with disabilities;
Mitigating radon exposure;
Strengthening school safety and security; and
Upgrading science labs.
The proposed bonds would fund additional health, safety, and learning needs in schools across the district, while continuing PPS’s plan to comprehensively address facility needs by modernizing all of our schools over the long term. These priorities are informed by the recently released Facilities Condition Assessment and community engagement.
If approved by voters, this measure is not expected to increase tax rates above the level targeted by the 2017 bond.
What would the bonds fund?
Provide comprehensive, culturally relevant, and current curriculum materials across core and supplemental subject areas;
Replace or provide student tablets and laptops to provide equitable access and to support distance and classroom learning, and update classroom and district technology; and
Provide flexible, adaptive special education learning spaces and technology tools.
Health & Safety Investments
Remove barriers to accessibility in schools across the district;
Repair or replace leaking or deteriorating school roofs;
Seismically retrofit up to 3 smaller schools;
Repair or replace high-priority mechanical systems (heating, cooling and ventilation); and
Update classroom door locks, install security camera systems, and upgrade or replace intrusion alarm systems to strengthen security.
School Modernizations & Rebuilds
Modernize Jefferson High School, and master plan, design, and fund initial focused investments in neighborhood schools and facilities in North and Northeast Portland, toward a community vision of a Center for Black Student Excellence;
Design and complete pre-construction work to modernize Cleveland and Wilson High Schools, and add capacity to Roosevelt High School; plan/design for additional capacity; and
Complete Benson Polytechnic High School and construct an alternative programs building on Benson’s campus.
What would the bonds cost?
Because the tax rate on existing bonds are scheduled to decline, PPS’s bond tax rate is not expected to exceed $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed value, the same level previously targeted in the 2017 bond.
The total principal amount of bonds authorized by this measure cannot exceed $1.208 billion.
Oversight and Accountability
An independent group of community members will review quarterly reports and audits of how the bond dollars are being spent to provide accountability to the public until construction is completed.
(Revised - 7/28/20 @ 5:40 pm)
There was no board discussion for Resolution 6151. There was a motion to approve the resolution, which was seconded and put to a voice vote. The motion passed, with Student Representative Shue voting yes, unofficial.
Director Brim-Edwards shared that now that the Bond Referral has been approved, it is time to launch the Bond campaign. She added that there are less than 100 days until the election, but that she believes that the bond is well positioned, and they have a strong campaign team. She added that there is a website for the campaign, which is yespdxschools.com. Director Kohnstamm shared that it will be important for everyone in the community who believes in the vision to promote the bond.
Public Comment on Resolution 6151
Mike Rosen: Very excited about the bond proposal especially the health and safety items. The Center for Black Excellence is very important. He is on the board for All Born In and they believe that the first floor accessibility is a huge move forward and hopes that the remaining work will be on the next package. There is intersectionality with race and ADA.
VII. 8:55 pm - Initial Update of 2020-21 Board Goals (30 min)
Dr. Russel Brown provided an overview of the board goals, which include third grade reading, fifth grade math, high school readiness measured in 8th grade, and post-secondary readiness. He noted that each goal includes a racially explicit goal, which highlights that there is a need to accelerated growth for black and indigenous students. He stated that because of COVID-19, tests were cancelled and there is incomplete measurement data. He stated that there is a projected loss of learning, that all students will be behind where they normally would have been, and that while the goals are still important, there is a need to change the baseline of the board goals. He added that all the board goals fall on a different timeline and will need to be reported separately over time.
There was discussion on baseline data and testing timelines. It was noted that the district would continue to use MAP testing next year and that it is adaptable to virtual learning. Dr. Luis Valentino shared that the district is still working on a middles school portfolio, however with the focus on the reentry plan, the work has been significantly slowed down.
VIII. 9:25 pm - Board Committee and Conference Reports (25 min)
VIII.1. Audit Committee
Director Brim-Edwards shared that the Audit Committee received their first audit from the Internal Auditors on contracts, which has been posted. She added that there were a number of recommendations, and that due to the work being done by the district on the reentry plan and the bond, the Implimentation Plan is not due until October 1. She stated that the ACH audit will be next. She noted that there will be an internal auditor performance review by the audit committee which will be delivered to the full board soon. She added that they also looked at the audit committee plan for the upcoming year which will be completed soon.
VIII.2. Intergovernmental Task Force
There was no report on the Intergovernmental Task Force.
VIII.3. Policy Committee
Director Moore shared that the policy committee will meet August 3 and that they will be looking at the work plan for the year. She shared that the committee will talk about developing communication protocols in regards to upcoming policy revisions, which will put community outreach upfront. She added that it has been two years since there was substantial revisions to the complaint policy and that the committee will be looking at how it has been working and getting recommendation for improvements.
VIII.4. Rose Quarter I-5 Advisory Committee
Director Brim-Edwards shared that some groups and elected leaders have decided not to back the I-5 Rose Quarter plan, adding that Portland Public Schools (PPS) is in a different position because we never endorsed the project. She added that the best way to remain engaged and have PPS issues addressed is to stay at the table. She noted that there is a two month break in meeting and they will start meeting again in September.
VIII.5. School Improvement Bond Committee
There was no School Improvement Bond report.
IX. 9:50 pm - Other Business / Committee Referrals (5 min)
Chair Lowery shared that Director Moore was invited to be a part of a state team formed to apply for a grant in partnership with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) which focuses on early identification of children with developmental delays, screening referrals and implementation services. Director Moore elaborated that the project will specifically identify barriers to care as a result of Covid-19. She added that Headstart is part of the advisory team and the work will focus specifically on Latinx families, in particular migrant families, with children three to four years old. The board agreed that the Director Moore should participate in the advisory
Director Bailey shared that he attended the Benson Design Advisory Group (DAG) meeting. He shared that he toured the Madison site, where Benson will be relocating, with the architects. He noted the construction is on a tight timeline but on pace to open in a year. He added that there have been some delays, some due to permits and some delays due to Covid-19. He noted that the architects shared that building a new building is much smoother than remolding an old building.