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Portland City Council Honors City’s 2013 Top Students

The Portland City Council honored the highest-achieving high school seniors in the Portland Public Schools at its May 20th meeting.  See a video of the event.

Superintendent Caulk Responds to School Budget Approval

Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk issued the following statement in response to the passage of the referendum validating the Portland Public Schools’ $96,360,549 budget for Fiscal Year 2014:

Thank you to the voters of Portland for showing their support for the Portland Public Schools by approving our proposed budget for the 2013-2014 school year.  

King Middle School Featured Again on "PBS Newshour"

"PBS Newshour" continues its focus on King Middle School with a new segment about the school's comprehensive science curriculum that emphasizes problem-solving.  

Longfellow Fourth Graders Raise and Release Salmon Fry

Fourth graders at Longfellow Elementary School in Portland raised salmon eggs in their classrooms and released the fish into a stream near Highland Lake in Westbrook as part of the Fish Friends program.  See a video.

CBHS Student Seeks Participants for Creator Expo

Sam Pierce, a senior at Casco Bay High School, is hosting a Creator Expo on May 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school, located at 196 Allen Avenue.  The event is free and open to the public.

Portland Public Schools Announce Graduation Dates

The Portland Public Schools will hold the following graduation ceremonies:

Mayor, Superintendent Urge Support for FY 2014 School Budget

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk today (May 13) urged city voters to pass a referendum on the Portland Public Schools budget for Fiscal Year 2014.  A referendum will take place on May 14 on the $96,360,549 budget approved by the Portland City Council and accepted by the Portland Board of Public Education.

Hall Fifth Graders Plan American Red Cross Blood Drive

Fifth graders at Portland’s Hall Elementary School are working with the American Red Cross on a blood drive to honor school nurses.  The drive will take place on May 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the gym of Hall School, 23 Orono Road.  To find out more and to sign up, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit

Public Invited to Review Preliminary Concept Plans for Portland’s Elementary School Improvements

Oak Point Associates will present its preliminary concept plans for five Portland elementary school buildings at a public forum with the Portland Board of Public Education on May 14 at 7 p.m. in Room 250 of Casco Bay High School.

The consulting firm was hired by the district to develop preliminary concept building and site plans, proposed construction schedules and estimated costs for replacing Hall School and improving Longfellow, Lyseth, Presumpscot and Reiche schools as part of the Buildings for Our Future project. 

Senator King Video Conferences with Portland High Students

U.S. Senator Angus S. King, Jr. (I-Maine) held a video conference on May 8 with students from Portland High School as part of his ongoing Capitol Class with Angus series.

About 150 students participated in the 30-minute class.  The student-led discussion covered topics such as minimum wage rates, the burden of student loans and U.S. engagement around the world.  See the video conference.