• 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 Amy Kohnstamm and the Vice-Chair is Julia Brim-Edwards.  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 kbradshaw@pps.net. Individuals may phone or email in advance of the meeting; please include the subject topic you will be speaking on.


    Notice of Public Meetings

    To find out when meetings are scheduled: 


Board of Education Staff

Board of Education
(503) 916-3741
Rosanne Powell
Senior Manager, Board Office
(503) 916-3904
Kara Bradshaw
Confidential Executive Assistant

Public Board Meetings

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  • Upcoming Board Meetings

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