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School Board to Get Update on Hall School on June 2

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School Board to Get Update on Hall School on June 2
Posted on 05/21/2015
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The Portland Board of Public Education will receive an updated report on the Hall Elementary School project from the project’s architect, Oak Point Associates, at a workshop following the board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, June 2. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

The report will include new demographic data for the school, as well as the architect’s summary of a regional analysis it conducted that looked at the district’s overall enrollment and long-term facilities needs. The board will use the information it receives to inform the next steps in the planning process for Hall School.

Aging Fred P. Hall Elementary School, located at 23 Orono Road, is eligible to receive state funding. The City Council has appointed a building committee to oversee the design and construction of a replacement school, estimated to cost about $20 million. The committee has been working through the 21-step process that the Maine Department of Education requires for review and approval of state-funded school construction projects. As is required by the state, school districts must do a regional analysis that plans comprehensively for the best long-term solution.

Longfellow Elementary School also has significant facilities needs and because of its proximity to Hall, the state has recommended that Longfellow be included as part of a comprehensive assessment that looks at meeting the needs of as many students as possible.

“We want to explore all options to make sure that we have equity across our elementary schools,” Portland Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk said. “We must ensure that every child has access to a great school that meets students’ safety and learning needs.”

For more information, click on the Hall School Building Committee “Quick Link” on the district’s website, www.portlandschools.org.