Portland school construction costs could top $1 billion

April 18, 2019 | The Oregonian

Portland school district officials told voters in 2017 it would cost $790 million to renovate and modernize three high schools and one middle school, a project voters then approved.

But a new report by a California-based consulting firm shows that not only did initial construction estimates fall short by $100 million, but top officials in the district’s Office of School Modernization knowingly forged ahead with those figures against the recommendations of their staff.

The result? Construction costs for the current round of school modernization could approach or even top $1 billion.

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