Marshall High School in southeast Portland is scheduled to close next year.
Changes due to campus closure
Superintendent Carole Smith on Tuesday finalized 2011-12 assignment options for current Marshall Campus students.
When the current academic year ends next June, all three schools on the Marshall Campus will close. This year’s seniors will graduate from BizTech, Pauling or Renaissance Arts, but freshmen, sophomores and juniors will go to new schools starting next September.
As recommended by principals and counselors, the superintendent has chosen to assign Marshall students to these schools next year: BizTech students to Franklin High School; Pauling students to Madison High School; and Renaissance Arts students to Madison High School
BizTech students also can apply to attend Madison; and Pauling and Renaissance students can apply for Franklin. The decision keeps peer groups together while allowing for choice.
Last week, Smith also met with school board members to request time for additional analysis and input prior to finalizing recommendations for new high school boundaries in southeast Portland. Board members granted the request and will postpone the boundary vote scheduled for Nov. 30.
The school district’s Blue Ribbon Taskforce on Career Related Learning also held the first of three meetings in the coming weeks to develop recommendations for PPS career and technical education.
The superintendent and Mayor Sam Adams are leading the group, which will focus on helping Portland Public Schools improve career related educational programs to better reflect the needs of students and the Portland economic region.
Facilitated by ECONorthwest’s John Tapogna, the taskforce will recommend a set of prioritized career interest focus areas that PPS should build out or sustain within its high school system. These areas will align with industry and community needs, workforce development trends in the Portland region, and student interest.