November 1st, 2010 5:33 pm | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Schools, City Hall

High-School Redesign: District Reveals Mayor's "Blue Ribbon Taskforce"

Carole Smith of Portland Public Schools
One huge, unresolved issue surrounding Portland Public Schools' high-school redesign concerns career training.

Under Superintendent Carole Smith's School Board-approved plan, Benson Polytechnic High School will offer fewer career-training classes to a smaller number of students. However, the remaining eight high-school campuses will offer students access to jobs-focused classes that they now lack.

To figure out what those classes are going to be, Smith turned to Portland's king of taskforces, Mayor Sam Adams. Smith and Adams recently asked the following 42 people to study what career tracks Portland Public Schools should include.

Bob Beisner, vice president, Solarworld
Julia Brim-Edwards, director of government and public affairs, Nike
Laura Bulinski, teacher, Jefferson High School
Pat Burke, associate professor, Portland State University
Dave Chen, founder, Equilibrium Capital
Paul Cook, principal, Cleveland High School
Kevin Devlin, vice president commercial operations, Iberdrola Renewables
Matt Donegan, co-founder and co-president, Forest Capital Partners, LLC
Eileen Drake, vice president administration and legal affairs, PCC Structural, Inc.
Mark Edlen, managing principal, Gerding Edlen Development
Keith Edwards, international representative, IBEW
Mark Fitzloff, executive creative director, Wieden + Kennedy
Erin Flynn, urban development director, Portland Development Commission
Frank Foti, president and CEO, Cascade General
Bill Furman, CEO, Greenbrier
Rick Goodell, assistant chief, operations division, US Army - Corps of Engineers
Mark Grimes, founder Better World Media Network, Nedspace
Hayden Hamilton, CEO and founder, Green Print
Stephen Hawke, executive vice president, PGE
Scott Huff, dean of instruction, PCC
Kevin Jeans-Gail, executive director, Portland Workforce Alliance
Jim Johnson, CEO, Tripwire
Vanessa Keitges, president and CEO, Columbia Green Roof
Brian Kissel, CEO, Jan Rain
Kate Lee, global head of human resources, Keen Footwear
Rebecca Levison, president, Portland Association of Teachers
Jason Lim, director of public relations, Asian Reporter
Doug Macdonald, senior vice president government relations, Vestas
Andrew McGough, executive director, Worksystems, Inc.
Jeff Miller, sales training, Travel Portland
Marcus Mundy, president and CEO, Urban League of Portland
Jake Nichol, president and CEO, Leatherman Tool
Steve Olczak, principal, Benson Polytechnic High School
Marie Porter, office administrator, Bullivant
Gary Rebello, vice president of human resources, LaCrosse Footware
Cathy Skach, teacher, Benson Polytechnic High School
Steve Strauss, president, Glumac
Susan Sugarman, director of science education opportunities, Oregon Health & Science University
Felicia Thornton, CEO, Knowledge Learning Corporation
Ken Thrasher, chairman of the board, Compli
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