May 20th, 2010 | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Schools

Jefferson High Principal and Business Manager Put on Leave

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CLARIFICATION: The business manager at Jefferson who is referenced in this report lost her job as a result of a layoff amid budget cuts.

Portland Public Schools administrators have put Jefferson High School's Principal Cynthia Harris and her part-time business manager, Reis Wilbanks, on administrative leave.

Teachers learned the news this afternoon in a 3:30 pm staff meeting with Toni Hunter, deputy superintendent. Harris gave teachers no reason for Harris' abrupt departure with Wilbanks.

Former PPS Superintendent Vicki Phillips named Harris as Jefferson's principal in June 2007 after Leon Dudley resigned amid controversy. Harris, who had been an area director, was then the highest-paid PPS principal, making $120,000 a year.

Photo above of Harris and Phillips in June 2007 by Branden Rush. Photos below of Harris and Wilbanks from Jefferson High School's website.

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