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PPS Releases Options For North Portland Schools

Portland Public Schools released its two draft options Monday aimed at evening out overcrowded and under-used buildings in North and Northeast Portland.

The district offers two options. One would largely keep the K-8 structure the district moved to a few years ago. The other option moves toward separate elementary and middle schools.

The option to keep K-8s would close the Woodlawn K-8 this June, to boost enrollment at other schools.

The alternative maintains one K-8. The area would have a half-dozen elementary schools. Ockley Green would again be a middle school. Under that option, the Vernon school building could close in 2014.

District spokesman Matt Shelby says either approach has its benefits, but he says the public is divided.

“People have spoken very passionately, really, on both ends of that argument – both supporting their neighborhood K-8s and also seeking to bring back a middle school option.”

Superintendent Carole Smith is expected to recommend one option to the school board for a vote in February.

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