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

Bad Boy

Steve Buel is cranky, irritating, stubborn—and a surprising force for change in Portland Public Schools.

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Greg Belisle demanded an answer. Steve Buel refused to give him one. It was Jan. 27, 2014, and Belisle was holding the gavel as co-chairman of the Portland Public Schools board. He and the oth   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 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

Steve Buel Draws Criticism over Comment at Portland School Board Meeting

Buel says his comment was meant as satire. Others see racism.

Portland Public Schools

Matt Morton, a Portland School Board member, took to Facebook last week to broadcast a whispered comment from an unidentified board colleague during a recent meeting. The comment quickly drew rebukes and requests from Morton's Facebook friends to reveal the identity of the board member, whose remarks struck people as racist.The comment, Morton wrote, came during a discussion of Portland Public School's ...   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Beth Slovic

PPS Board Member Steve Buel Lashes Out


Steve Buel, the retired teacher who returned to the Portland school board this year after a 32-year absence, has made no secret of his unhappiness since winning election. At meetings of the seven-member board, Buel has voiced concerns about the lack of discussion and debate; about board members' unwillingness to engage with members of the public during public comments periods; and, at what he says ...   More
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Buel Defeats Gonzalez In Key Portland Public Schools Board Race

Portland School Board

Steve Buel defeated incumbent Martin Gonzalez in Tuesday's election in the race for Portland Public Schools board for Zone 4, which includes North Portland.Buel—who has previously served on the board—is leading Gonzalez 54 percent to 44 percent in the race. Another 2 percent of votes went to write-in candidates.The two men also faced each other in 2009. Normally, the power of incumbency ...   More
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 WW Staff

School Board Election Results: González and Knowles Win Zones 4 and 5

Complete results from Tuesday's special election arrived quickly, given the 14.5 percent voter turnout, and there were a few surprises: The contest for the seat in Zone 5 on Portland Public Schools' Board of Education was not nearly as close as one might have expected between two candidates with long records of school involvement. Pam Knowles beat Scott Bailey 25,055 to 15,479, as of Wednesday ...   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Big Bucks for One Portland School Board Race

Sonja Henning's seat on the Portland School Board is worth at least $66,025, according to the campaign finance reports of the two candidates running to replace Henning, who's not seeking re-election in Zone 5. As of May 8, Scott Bailey (pictured above) had raised the most with $37,155, including a new $8,000 loan to himself. Among Bailey's biggest endorsers is the teachers' union, which gave ...   More
Friday, May 8, 2009 BETH SLOVIC


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