July 6th, 2010 5:33 pm | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Schools

Updated: Portland Superintendent Gives Principals a Break

Carole Smith

Superintendent Carole Smith is giving Portland Public Schools principals and vice principals extra time off this summer as she prepares to lay off more than 120 teachers amid the latest statewide budget crisis.

"In this difficult climate, we will not be requiring principals and vice principals to work a minimum of 18 workdays during the summer," writes Hank Harris, the district's human resources director, in an email to school administrators July 1. There are about 130 licensed administrators in the district.

PPS is currently in a staffing freeze for teachers while the School Board scrambles to fill a $19 million hole possibly by cutting PE in elementary, middle and K-8 schools and increasing class sizes in high schools. Last month, Smith also asked teachers to consider giving back pay raises that the Portland Association of Teachers union had just secured. The School Board is expected to make budget decisions July 19. Until then, principals and vice principals can't complete their staffing for the fall.

Update at 4 pm: Hank Harris, human resources director, says the workload for principals and vice principals is expected to increase after the School Board meeting July 19, when the district decides what budget cuts to make. "Hour by hour they're going to be working more," Harris says of school administrators.

Email from PPS to principals
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