Portland (Ore.) high schools to be built even larger in new construction proposal

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Portland's Franklin and Grant high schools would be large enough to hold about 16 percent more students than initially planned under a new construction proposal from Portland Public Schools officials.

A record-breaking, $482-million bond that voters approved in November included $247 million to rebuild Roosevelt, Franklin and Grant high schools. But officials now think they need to increase the capacity at two of those buildings after projections of student growth escalated beyond the district's earlier estimates.

The district would pay for boosting the two schools' capacity by drawing down $10 million from the bond's $20 million in reserves and reducing cost–per-square-foot of the buildings from $220 to $200.

Construction budgets also include contingency funds of 15 percent of project costs at each school.

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