Superintendent's Message

Honoring hard work and accomplishments

Carole Smith PPS Superintendent

June 3, 2015: It's been a wonderful last month of school with special opportunities to honor our students, teachers and volunteers.

Our student recognition events are especially meaningful. At our Valedictorians recognition; Native American Honoring Ceremony; Young, Gifted & Black; our Latino student recognition, ¡Sí Se Puede!, and our Asian Pacific Islander student recognition, we acknowledge our outstanding students and hear about their motivations and dreams, and we celebrate their families and their communities so important to their success. 

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Board takes action on Benson enrollment; compensation audit

July 29, 2015
The Portland Public Schools Board. The Portland Public Schools Board of Directors approved a resolution which directs Superintendent Carole Smith to develop a two-year phased in plan including the feasibility of lifting the enrollment cap at Benson Polytechnic High School and bring it back to the board by Jan. 1, 2016. The board unanimously approved the resolution, 7-0. 


New PPS Board members elect new leadership, return to committee structure

July 06, 2015
Tom Koehler was elected Chair and Amy Kohnstamm Vice Chair of the Portland School Board at the first meeting of the new board Monday, July 6, 2015. In addition to electing new leadership the school board approved and announced member assignments to new committees. 


Sylvester, Owens to leave PPS with major bond accomplishments to their credit

June 26, 2015

Superintendent Carole Smith today announced that C.J. Sylvester, Chief of School Modernization, and Jim Owens, Senior Director of the Office of School Modernization, are leaving Portland Public Schools.


Board adopts 2015-16 budget adding staff, supports to schools

June 24, 2015

The Portland School Board on June 23 adopted a $579 million general fund budget for 2015-16 that adds staff and supports to schools. 


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