Groundbreaking ceremonies for construction of the reborn Kellogg Middle School, at 6909 S.E. Powell Boulevard, were held June 1. Speakers at the event included PPS Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero, School Board member Julia Brim-Edwards, and members of the design and architecture firms that are involved in planning the over- 100,000-sq-ft structure.
The new three-story school is designed to be both an educational and a community gathering place. Steven Effros, Senior Project Manager for PPS's Office of School Modernization, remarked that the building is planned to provide "a phenomenal learning experience for students, as well to be an inclusive and inviting community center".
"There will be 34 instructional spaces, a multi-purpose gym and assembly space, dedicated outdoor learning spaces, a performing arts stage, a 'Maker Space' for STEAM activities, and a large and flexible commons area," he elaborated. "The community area will be available for use by both parents and community members. We're pleased with all the community support for the new building – the first new school built in Southeast Portland in decades."
Community support was evident, not only in the on-site displays by the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association, Portland Green Schools, and SCRAP, but also in the lively performances by the Franklin High School Band. Guerrero also pointed out the extensive display of blueprints and finished images available at the groundbreaking, provided by Todd Construction, and Oh Planning and Design – a women-owned firm.
The new facility will include style elements salvaged from the previous 90-year-old Kellogg School building, which was razed last year. The new school is expected to open in the 2021 school year. It is being rebuilt for sixth through eighth grade students, as part of the Portland School District's move to a model of comprehensive middle schools, thanks to the generosity of voters who approved the 2017 bond.
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