About the Schools Committee

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   Promoting the BEST possible schools
   for ALL students in Southwest Portland
   through STRONG neighborhood involvement

What is the SWNI Schools Committee?

The Schools Committee is a standing committee of Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI), which is the coalition of 17 Neighborhood Associations in Southwest Portland.

The Committee’s charge is to enhance communication between schools (both public and private) and neighborhoods. More specifically, the committee addresses issues such as:

  • School boundary adjustments
  • Role of school property as open space
  • School closures
  • Sale of school properties
  • School events and partnership opportunities with neighborhood associations.

How does the Schools Committee work?

Each neighborhood association and business association has one authorized representative with the right to vote. Qualifications for authorized representatives are determined by the neighborhood or business. The representative must be a member of their neighborhood association or business association. The chair of the committee does not count as the representative from his/her neighborhood association.

Meetings are held the third Thursday of every other month - September, November, January, March, May -- at 7 PM in the SWNI Conference Room at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

Who’s Welcome?

Committee meetings are open meetings. Anyone is welcome to attend.

SWNI does not discriminate against individuals or groups on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, legal citizenship, national origin, income, or political affiliation in any of its policies, recommendation or actions.

Schools Committee Role and Issues

Take a look at this slide show about the committee's role and the need for neighborhoods to be involved in the schools serving them.

Click here for a review of issues that the Schools Committee currently follows.