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Superintendent's Office

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Superintendent Xavier Botana leads the Portland Public Schools. Supt BotanaThe superintendent, who is directly responsible to the Portland Board of Public Education, provides educational leadership in developing and maintaining the best possible school system. He leads, guides, and directs the administrative, instructional, and support services teams in setting and achieving the highest standards of excellence in educational programs and operating systems. He is responsible for a system of supervision and evaluation for all staff, and oversees and administers the use of all facilities, property, and funds in the best interests of students and the school system.

Xavier Botana has been the superintendent of the Portland Public Schools since July of 2016. During his tenure, Mr. Botana has spearheaded the development and implementation of the district’s strategic plan Comprehensive Plan: The Portland Promise.  He has worked with the Board and staff to make closing the opportunity and achievement gaps across groups of students central to the district’s work.

Prior to coming to Portland, Mr. Botana served as Associate Superintendent of the Michigan City Area Schools in Indiana for six years. He held a variety of educational positions before that time, including serving as Chief Academic Officer for the Portland Public Schools in Oregon, and working as an administrator and teacher in the Chicago area. 

Mr. Botana holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and completed his superintendent's endorsement program at Northwestern University.  He lives in Portland with his wife and son, a senior at Casco Bay High School.

Xavier Botana
Phone: 207-874-8111

Aaron Townsend
Assistant Superintendent
of School Management
Phone: 207-874-8237
[email protected]

Melea Nalli
Assistant Superintendent 
of Teaching and Learning
Phone: 207-874-8237
[email protected]

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