Portland City Council to vote on multi-million dollar school renovation plan

PORTLAND (WGME) -- The Portland City Council is scheduled to vote on a $64 million plan to renovate four elementary schools.

If it is approved, the decision will be left up to Portland residents. They would vote on the $64 million proposal in a May referendum.

Before that happens, city counselors will hold a hearing Monday night to decide whether or not they'll approve it.

Lyseth, Longfellow, Presumpscot and Reiche are the four Portland elementary schools that are in the running to be renovated.

The proposed renovations would include things like making them fully ADA accessible, removing asbestos and building new classrooms. Some students are currently being taught in portable classrooms.

Over the last year there's been several meetings discussing the changes.

A group of elementary students and their parents spoke out in favor of the upgrades along with the group Protect our Neighborhood Schools and Progressive Portland.

Organizers say there would be a small tax increase if the bond is approved, but the benefits are worth the cost.

The hearing will be Monday at 5 p.m. at city hall.