PORTLAND – A majority of the Portland School Board now wants to close Jefferson High as a neighborhood school.
That goes beyond the plan proposed by Superintendent Carole Smith to have eight high schools. Under that plan, Marshall High also would close.
The decision to close Jefferson came up at the Thursday night board meeting. No final decision was made, including a timeline should it happen. The Jefferson High building might be turned into a small school with a specialty curriculum.
Board co-chair Trudy Sargent was joined by board members Pam Knowles, Martin Gonzalez and Bobbie Regan for the Jefferson proposal. David Wynde and Ruth Adkins opposed the closure. Board member Dilafruz Williams said she would go along with whatever a majority came up with.
The board instructed Smith to move ahead with the staggered closure of Marshall. Attendance boundaries will be redrawn, with incoming 9th grade Marshall students being doled out to Cleveland, Madison or Franklin High.
The board also instructed Smith to create a task force to study the career technical education curriculum for Benson High School. This keeps Benson intact for at least another year.
There will be a board work session on Wednesday, June 16th, with a final vote on the high school plan on June 21st.