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Superintendent Search Update

Dear families, staff, students, friends, and supporters of the Portland Public Schools,

As we approach the interview phase of our search for a new superintendent, the Portland Public Schools Superintendent Search Committee is committed to a transparent and inclusive process and requests your active participation in one of the most important decisions we will make this year. Your input and feedback played a critical role in finalizing the job profile we used to recruit and screen candidates for the superintendent position last month. We are excited about the candidate pool so far and remain on track for a competitive search. Your continued engagement in the process will be just as vital when our interviews with the top candidates begin soon. 

There are three ways that the Portland community can participate in the superintendent search in the near future: 

  1. Submit nominations or self-nominations for potential participation on interview panels between now and April 17. Please use this nomination form.

  2. Submit potential interview questions for the interview panels to consider asking the finalist candidate between now and April 26. Please use this form to submit questions.

  3. View the live-streamed and recorded finalist interviews with students and community members and provide feedback to the search committee and board of directors. The date of the finalist interviews has not been scheduled yet, but are anticipated to be in early May.

Members of the Portland community, including staff, teachers, and parents, may nominate themselves or someone else to participate on an interview panel. If you are selected for an interview panel, you must be available to participate in two virtual trainings at the end of April. The selection committee, in collaboration with the Alma Advisory Group, will ensure that all panels have diverse representation selected by lottery. 

We will be posting regular updates on the Portland Public Schools website here. If you have any questions, please send questions here.

Thank you again for your support and the part you will play in the next phase of the superintendent search process.  We appreciate your partnership in finding the superintendent to carry out our mission and successfully move our district forward!


All our best,


Sarah Lentz, Chair

Portland Board of Public Education