February 3rd, 2011 | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: Schools

Schools News: Comings and Goings at Portland Public

Portland Public Schools cuts

Amid a fresh $13 million budget crisis last July, Portland Public Schools eliminated 27 positions from its central office to save $3 million.

Among the jobs that Superintendent Carole Smith cut was one full-time position for a senior program manager in the district's facilities department. That job belonged to Doug Capps, a long-time district employee who was also once a Portland School Board member.

Well, that cut didn't last long. The school district rehired Capps as a part-time employee earning about $18,000 a year. That's down from $87,000 when he was a full-time employee who also got benefits, which brought his total compensation last year to $115,000, according to the Oregon Capitol News salary database. His job now is the equivalent of 0.2 FTE.

In other comings and goings, Catherine Diviney, a former energy specialist with the school district who helped PPS reduce energy costs, took a similar job in West Hartford, Conn.

 
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