Portland Public Schools Board Members Push for Audit of Central Office Salaries


Three members of the Portland Public Schools board of education want the school district to immediately audit central-office salaries, following a report in WW on April 1 that Superintendent Carole Smith was handing out hefty pay raises to her closest staff.The three board members—Tom Koehler, Bobbie Regan and Steve Buel—will introduce their resolution at Tuesday night's board meeting. The question ...   More
Monday, April 13, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

2015 Portland School Board Election: Zone 3 Race Nears $100,000 Mark


The race for Bobbie Regan's seat on the Portland Public Schools board is nearing the $100,000 mark—a rare occurrence in typically sleepy school board elections. As of Friday, Regan, who's seeking her fourth term on the board, has reported $34,000 in contributions.Challenger Amy Carlsen Kohnstamm, meanwhile, has reported about $58,000, including $5,000 of her own money. (Half of the $5,000 ...   More
Friday, April 10, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Portland School Board Members React to Administrator Salary Increases


It started as a heads up. It ended as a head butt.Sean Murray, chief human resources officer for Portland Public Schools, sent an email to school board members Tuesday alerting them to his interview with WW about salary increases among top administrators earlier in the day. WW's story on the hefty raises among administrators, including Murray, appears in this week's paper."I expect that the story ...   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Candidates Raise Questions About Punishing Students By Giving Them Janitorial Work


Portland Public Schools on Thursday suspended César Chávez K-8 School's "community service" program, which forces students as young as 7 to clean walls, floors, desks and doorknobs, as well as pick up trash in bathrooms, hallways and outdoor areas as punishment for minor acts of defiance and unruliness such as throwing food.The program, first reported by WW, is now on hold ...   More
Monday, March 16, 2015 by Beth Slovic

2015 Portland School Board Election: Gretchen Hollands, a PPS Employee, Joins the Race


A third candidate has jumped into the Zone 3 race for the Portland Public Schools board, and she comes from an unusual place: inside PPS's headquarters.Gretchen Hollands, a project manager in the district's facilities department, has worked for PPS for seven years. Her husband, Walt, is a biology teacher at Grant High School. He's been there for 21 years.Hollands is aware of her conflicts—or potential ...   More
Monday, March 16, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Races Heat Up

Bobbie Regan

Three out of four Portland School Board races have two or more candidates as of this afternoon.Today at 5 pm is the deadline for candidates to file for the May 17 election.In Zone 1, the incumbent Ruth Adkins has two opponents: Larry Lawson, a network security manager, and Glen Livingston, a community activist and an exterior remodeling contractor.Zone 2 is an open seat since incumbent David Wynde ...   More
Thursday, March 17, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

PPS to Seek Construction Bond AND Local-Option Levy on May Ballot?

Portland Public Schools' $548 million construction bond may not be the only tax measure for Portland schools on the May 2011 ballot. According to Portland School Board member Bobbie Regan, the board is also contemplating asking voters in the PPS district to renew a local-option levy at the same time as the construction bond. That local-option levy, which expires in 2012 and generates about $30 ...   More
Monday, December 6, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Schools Advocates Resurrect Campaign Fund

The Portland School Board votes tonight whether to refer a $548 million construction bond measure to voters this May. But supporters of the construction bond, including board member Bobbie Regan, have already started raising money under the auspices of "Portlanders for Schools," the campaign fund that supported the successful 2006 local-option levy. Besides Regan—who gave $1,000 to ...   More
Monday, December 13, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Member Questions Proposed Ban on Transfers

A member of the Portland School Board is questioning a key assumption undergirding Superintendent Carole Smith's proposed redesign of Portland Public Schools' high schools. That assumption? That PPS should ban the long-standing practice of allowing students to transfer from their own neighborhood high school to a different high school outside their neighborhood. That practice is one element ...   More
Friday, January 8, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Three PPS Board Members Say Close Jefferson as a Neighborhood School

Trudy Sargent, co-chairwoman of the Portland School Board, said at a board meeting this afternoon that she didn't support Superintendent Carole Smith's proposal for reforming Portland's high schools and instead favors a huge change for Jefferson High School. The superintendent's plan calls for shrinking Benson Polytechnic High's student population from 1,000 to 400 and reinventing the three ...   More
Monday, June 7, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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