PORTLAND — The Portland School Board has authorized the superintendent to lease space to house the recently displaced Portland Adult Education program.

The unanimous vote Tuesday will allow the district to find a short-term home for the program, said Peter Eglinton, Portland Schools’ chief operations officer, during the meeting.

Classes are scheduled to begin Sept. 16. In the past, officials said the leased space would be at the old Cathedral School, with a portion of students also taking classes in the ground floor of Portland High School.

It was unclear if the current lease under negotiation is for space at the Cathedral School. Eglinton did not return a call for comment Wednesday.

Portland Adult Education reaches more than 4,000 people each year and teaches English language skills, performs GED testing, and teaches job skills.

The school had formerly been housed in the old West School, but that building’s failing condition forced the program to move out in June.