Dear Portland Public Schools Community,
I accepted the role of Interim Superintendent of Portland Public Schools (PPS) at a challenging moment in time. During my first month on the job, I initiated an assessment of the programmatic and system priorities identified by the Board of Education for the 2016-17 school year. After these priorities were established, a number of additional priorities emerged that also require attention:
In my month on the job, I have seen firsthand the quality of teachers, staff and leaders who are working every day to help provide the highest quality education for our nearly 49,000 students so that they have the tools they need to succeed and achieve their full potential. Because I know that we have a dedicated community of educators, parents and staff across the district, I am confident that the future of PPS is bright and that we are on a path from good to excellence.