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Parents voice concerns over school plan during Saturday forum

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Parents spoke out at a public forum hosted by the board of Portland Public Schools in the cafeteria of Jefferson High School.

Of concern is a plan being recommended by Superintendent Carole Smith to balance the enrollment of the students.

Some parents are speaking out against the merging of two schools: Chief Joseph Elementary and Ockley Green School.

Under the plan, Ockley Green's arts magnet program would be discontinued while the students from both schools would share the campus there. Chief Joseph's doors would ultimately close.

Details such as which educators would stay on and a timeline still need to be worked out. It's also unclear how the plan would impact other schools in the cluster, such as King Elementary.

Parent Tanisha Jones told Fox 12, "I know a lot of the recommendations put forth at this time don't really feel...they feel hasty, they feel temporary."

Michelle Moses expressed her concerns over equity throughout the district. 

"We want to see the whole Jefferson cluster thrive for a change. It's been decades of, you know, inner-city kids not having the same choices as our west side counterparts," she said.

Another chance for public input on the superintendent's recommendations will take place Monday night during the school board's regular meeting starting at 6 p.m. at Portland Public Schools headquarters, located at 501 North Dixon Street.

The school board plans to vote on the superintendent's recommendations on February 25th.

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