Despite a “challenging year of transition” Portland Public Schools has made significant progress, Interim Superintendent Bob McKean told members of the school board at his final meeting before his contract ends later this month.
We have accomplished a great deal in a very short period of time,” McKean said. “I believe the future of PPS holds great promise.”
Last week, I had the honor of addressing Young, Gifted and Black, our annual event to recognize high achievement and hear stories of our African American students. It’s one of a number of cultural recognition events we hold each year, and it was stunning.
Thirty students, their families and their supporters packed the PPS board room and BESC foyer for a joyous celebration, not only of their success but of the incredible ongoing work on equity and excellence that sets Portland Public Schools apart.
As I head into my final weeks as the interim superintendent, I can't help but think about what an honor it has been to serve a district that puts such a strong priority on those values. It hits home during these wonderful end-of-the-year celebrations, but it carries on every day in every school and every classroom.