Put Students Lives First!
Please help us make sure our students, faculty & administration have a SAFE & HEALTHY Learning Environment! Of the three high schools being considered for full or partial funding on the 2016 Bond Measure, Benson Polytechnic High School is the oldest school, with the greatest amount of URM (Unreinforced Masonry) Seismic Retrofit Requirements identified by the City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services and Portland Development Commission.
Over the last several months alumni, parents, students, faculty, administration and community members have been meeting monthly as a Master Planning Committee at the direction of Portland Public School District (PPS). This committee sought and incorporated public comment in the development of a master plan for the remodel of Benson Polytechnic High School.
At no time were we told by PPS:
Concerns we considered during this process include, but are not limited to:
This brainstorming and planning was done in parallel to the similar MPC work at Lincoln High School and Madison High School. The goal of the process was to develop the 2016 Bond Measure for the November 2016 Ballot.
On Tuesday, July 5, 2016 the PPS School Board Sub-Committee met to discuss their recommendation for the 2016 Bond Measure. The final vote is scheduled for July 25, 2016, by the PPS School Board.
The Sub-Committee has proposed:
Benson MPC has the following concerns with the Multi-Bond Phased Approach:
1. District/School Board CANNOT guarantee Benson Polytechnic would be placed on the next bonds.
2. Next year we will have a new superintendent and board.
3. Our building is NOT SAFE for students in the event of a major earthquake.
Details from the Latest PPS Public Polling:
58% of Voters viewed Benson as their favorite on the bond, preference for Madison was at 34%, and Lincoln's was at 33%.
WHY SIGN this PETITION?!?!?!
Make Benson Polytechnic High School a PRIORITY based on Facts not Political Reasons:
1. Life & Safety Compliance
2. Save the Proposed Enrollment Increase to 1700 Students:
By signing this Petition you will be helping Students of Benson Polytechnic High School to stay SAFE & continue to thrive in an Interactive Hands-On Learning Environment.
Master Planning Committee – Benson Polytechnic High School