Vote YES to Investing in Our Kids

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Faubion School, newly renovated and modernized thanks to the 2012 Portland Public Schools Bond.

As I walked the rapidly completed facilities and reflected on its progress since I was there for the groundbreaking, I couldn’t help but be excited for the school and for its revolutionary partnership with Concordia University. Now, not only does the school have modern classrooms – light, airy, functional, more efficient – but it also has a health clinic, food pantry, resource center, and more to benefit the broader community and better meet the needs of a diverse student population and their families.

Faubion is a hallmark in improving the education of our students. I hope everyone will mark their calendar for August when the new facilities are unveiled to the public – fully operational, staffed, and ready to go for the new school year.

It’s also exciting to think of future groundbreakings and grand openings if we’re successful tomorrow (Election Day!) in passing the 2017 Portland Public Schools Bond. If passed, Benson, Lincoln, and Madison High Schools — all built at least 50 years ago — and Kellogg Middle School will be revitalized. The bond also provides funding to replace lead pipes and fixtures and remove or cap exposed lead paint and asbestos at EVERY single school in the district. With the health of our kids at stake, we need this Bond. Learn more here: https://www.healthyschoolspdx.com/

I hope you turn in your ballot and vote YES on Measure 26-193, the 2017 Portland Public Schools Bond. It’s too late to mail in your ballot. To make sure your voice is heard and your ballot is counted, drop it off at one of the many convenient drop-off locations by 8:00pm tomorrow, May 16: https://multco.us/elections/multnomah-county-official-ballot-drop-sites.

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