North Portland parents, teachers, and students who saw two schools close last spring got an idea Wednesday of how Portland Public might handle enrollment inequities in their area.
Portland Public Schools’ spokesman Matt Shelby says closing Humbolt and Tubman schools last spring was one part of a complicated situation.
“The moves last spring were really symptoms of a broader problem in the cluster, and the problem is that you have an appropriate number of students, or an adequate number of students in the cluster, but within the cluster, you’ve got some schools that are overcrowded, and some schools that are underenrolled.”
Three of Portland Public’s new scenarios would create at least one middle school in the area. Those proposals would return some schools to being elementary-only, after being changed into K-to-8 buildings a few years ago.
The district also has three scenarios that keep K-to-8 schools, but with other changes, including possible school closures.
Portland school officials are planning meetings on the scenarios at two schools next week.