Bond money continues to improve schools

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The James John School is one of about 27 schools in the Portland Public Schools district seeing the benefits of the voter-approved bond improvements.

The eight-year, $482 million bond was passed by voters in 2012. Eighteen schools have been upgraded previously, but now it’s James John’s turn.

“It means ramps, it means door hardware, it means little things fixed that make it a little more difficult for others, but you’ll see small implements that make a big difference here,” said project manager Michelle Charit.

Inside James John School in Portland, March 3, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

So far, she said, the school has received “$1.35 million on the roof, seismic and a little interior work, and then $1.3 million for the elevator structure and staircase behind us.”

The project is on time and on budget, she said.

Two other schools will be getting elevators among other upgrades, officials said.

While the money is important officials said it’s really about the quality and safety of school life that is the focus now and for the future.

“Again, small improvements make a big difference in people’s lives,” she said.

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