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SW Portland parents concerned over school district proposal

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Parents at Bridlemile Elementary School in southwest Portland are concerned over a proposal by Portland Public Schools. 

Thursday afternoon parents and staff held up signs saying, “2B is not to be” and “Bridlemile rejects 2B,” as a response to the school district's recommendation to change its boundaries to prevent overcrowding.

According to PPS, school funding is determined by enrollment. Jon Isaacs, chief of communications for the district, said it would result in a smaller amount of money being spent at Bridlemile.

"Because it would stay within optimal enrollment ranges,” Isaacs wrote. "We don’t anticipate that it would result in major program cuts."

Some parents at Bridlemile disagree with the proposal, stating the school would lose a handful of teachers, some programs and its library.

"It’s going to be a huge impact that cannot be made up,” said Susanne Menezes, a mother of a fifth-grader. “Because the way they made up the boundaries there is no room for growth in Bridlemile.”

Parents added enrollment would be cut by a third, with nearly 150 students being sent somewhere else.

PPS adds that as of now, the proposal is only a recommendation. Isaacs wrote the District Wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee has sent recommendations from concerned parents to the superintendent.

“[The Superintendent] is reviewing how their recommendations impact Bridlemile and other schools and will continue to listen to the views of parents as she [crafts] her final proposal,” Isaac wrote.

To read more on the proposal click here.

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