The math just isn’t adding up.
In recently released materials, Portland Public Schools administrators now say they are nearly $200 million short on the projects they proposed to voters just a year ago. The district says it would need closer to $980 million to rebuild Madison, Lincoln and Benson Polytechnic high schools, as well as other upgrades.
The district — which has seen massive leadership change in the year since it asked voters for $790 million — still doesn’t have a clear answer on why the projects are coming in so much more expensive than it calculated.
Harry Esteve, the district spokesperson, said he couldn’t clarify the current estimates of the Madison and Benson Tech projects before Monday.
Read the full story at the Portland Tribune.