PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — City and school leaders in Portland are continuing to move toward a concrete proposal to renovate four aging elementary schools.
The city's board of education is asking for $70 million to pay for the improvements at Reiche, Longfellow, Presumpscot and Lyseth schools.
The special committee of BOE members and city councilors dedicated to the project met Monday night at City Hall. They discussed a packet containing dozens of questions about the renovation proposals.
"I think there are a lot of programmatic questions about the necessity of second floors in some of the schools and about the facilities we have right now,” said city councilor Justin Costa.
The goal is to get as many of those questions answered, and transform those answers into a final proposal to send to the full city council.
"I'm extremely hopeful it will stay at $70 million, simply because the $70 million is still just to meet the basic necessities of 20th-century learning for all of our students,” said Portland BOE chair Marnie Morrione.
Once the final proposal is written, it will have to be approved by the Board of Education, the Portland City Council and voters.
That won't likely happen until March at the earliest.
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