September 4, 2013, 12:00 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Public Schools welcomed back students and teachers on Wednesday for another year. Superintendent Carole Smith and Police Chief Mike Reese greeted them at Alameda School.
The building was retrofitted to meet earthquake standards and has a new roof as well. The school built in 1921 houses nearly 800 students from kindergarten to 5th grade.
"We're starting the school year having added 71 staff to our schools. This is a really big deal," said Superintendent Smith.
A number of buildings will be modernized including Grant, Franklin and Roosevelt high schools. 63 schools will get upgrades and Faubion will be replaced. Voters last year approved an eight-year $482 million bond for building improvements.