• Board Meetings Update

    As part of an Executive Order in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation, Gov. Kate Brown closed all Oregon schools through the end of the 2019/2020 school year. 
    During this time, all meetings of the Board of Education will be held virtually.  Under the provision of ORS 192.670 all meetings will be live streamed at www.youtube.com/user/ppscomms/live, except for those meetings that fall under the provisions set forth for executive sessions.  



    Meeting Materials Announcement:

    All Portland Public Schools Board of Education board meeting meeting materials, included committee materials, will now be located on BoardBook.

    To access the page click on the Board Meetings and Materials tab, or visit  https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/915.  

    Once on our new materials page, click on the agenda for the meeting you are interested in. All materials are listed with the specific agenda item. 


    Portland Public Schools Board of Education

    The School Board is comprised of seven elected members serving four-year terms. Every year, the Board elects their Chair and Vice Chair. Currently, the Chair is Eilidh Lowery and the Vice-Chair is Scott Bailey.  Board members are community volunteers and do not receive compensation for their work. The School Board is the policy-making body of our school district. It is responsible for providing an education program for students living within the District.


    To accomplish its role, the Board:

    • Determines the long-range direction of the District 
    • Establishes policies that direct the instructional and support programs 
    • Employs and evaluates the Superintendent 
    • Communicates with the community 
    • Negotiates with employee groups to determine salaries and benefits 
    • Calls elections on bond proposals 
    • Approves the annual budget 
    • A student Board Representative, selected by the high school student body, serves as an unofficial voting member for one year to represent the students and report on the various high school activities.


    Public Involvement

    The public is invited to attend* the public Board meetings to gain a better understanding of school district business and the role of the School Board.  The public is also invited to address the Board during the public comment portion of the Board meetings**.  Individuals interested in addressing the Board should arrive a few minutes prior to the scheduled meetings and place their name on the sign-in sheet.  You may also phone in your request to provide public comment (503-916-3906), or email your request to PublicComment@pps.net. Individuals may phone or email in advance of the meeting; please include the subject topic you will be speaking on.


    * During closures due to Covid-19, Under the provision of ORS 192.670 all meeting will be live streamed at www.youtube.com/user/ppscomms/live, except for those meetings that fall under the provisions set forth for executive sessions. 

    ** The public will continue to be invited to address the board. Individuals interested in addressing the board must sign-up in advance of the scheduled meeting. You may sign-up by calling Kara Bradshaw at 503-916-3906 or by emailing  KBradshaw@pps.net.  As usual, requests for public comment will be processed in the order that they are received. Once it has been confirmed, you will receive a link via email with instructions. 


    Notice of Public Meetings

    To find out when meetings are scheduled: 


    English - Public Meeting Guidelines

    Español | Spanish - Lineamientos de las asambleas públicas

    Spanish- Public Meeting Guidelines

    Tiếng Việt | Vietnamese  - NGUYÊN TẮC HỌP M   CÔNG KHAI

        Vietnamese- Public Meeting Guidelines

    中文 | Chinese

    Chinese - Public Meeting Guidelines

    Русский | Russian

    Russian - Public Meeting Guidelines

    Soomaali | Somali

    Somali - Public Meeting Guidelines



    PDF of translated guidelines



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Rosanne Powell  
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Board of Education  
Kara Bradshaw
Kara Bradshaw
Confidential Executive Assistant

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