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Board Renews Superintendent’s Contract

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Board Renews Superintendent’s Contract
Posted on 11/28/2018
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On Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Portland Board of Public Education voted unanimously to renew Superintendent Xavier Botana’s contract for another three years. Botana’s current three-year contract expires at the end of June 2019, and his new contract begins July 1, 2019 and runs through June 30, 2022.

“The Board is extremely proud to be renewing the superintendent’s contract for another three years,” said Board Chair Anna Trevorrow. “Superintendent Botana has succeeded in developing and implementing the Portland Promise, and we look forward to continuing to work toward its goals under his leadership.”

“From day one here, I have been honored to serve the Portland Public Schools,” Botana said. “There are not many places in this country where I would like to serve as a superintendent.  My experience from my first day has been that Portland has a deep commitment to public education, a strong belief in the value of diversity and an equity ethic that match my own values to a T. I am proud to accept the contract offer and look forward to continuing our work together to achieve the Portland Promise."

The financial terms of the new contract are unchanged, with Botana’s annual salary remaining at $148,000. Instead, he and the board looked for stability and a commitment to the district in the long term. He will be required to give a one-year notice rather than 90 days if he decides to leave and will receive a one-year severance (instead of a six-month package) if he is asked to resign.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Trevorrow said the Board conducted Botana’s annual evaluation in several executive sessions over a period of months, beginning in August. The Board evaluated his performance in 15 job categories, she said. “Overall the Board was very pleased with superintendent’s performance,” Trevorrow said.

“I love every day of my job here,” Botana said. “I am grateful to the Board for its feedback on my performance as reflected in my evaluation, and in the Board’s confidence in my ability to continue to improve as a superintendent and make contributions toward our common goals.” 

Botana, 56, became superintendent of the Portland Public Schools, Maine’s largest and most diverse school district, on July 1, 2016. After conducting a nationwide search, the Board hired Botana for the job because of his work as an innovative school leader in such key areas as parent engagement, budget development and curriculum alignment.

Among his achievements since joining the Portland Public Schools is spearheading the effort to implement the Portland Promise. The Portland Promise, launched in 2017, is the district’s pledge to the community to continue and intensify its efforts to ensure that all its graduates are prepared and empowered to succeed in college and career. The pledge hinges on four goals – Achievement, Whole Student, Equity, and People – and sets five-year targets to measure progress toward each of the goals.

Botana was born in Cuba during the Castro regime. His family’s experience immigrating to the United States from Cuba motivated his work in education. Growing up bilingual in Spanish, he began his educational career as an ESL teacher and worked his way up to leadership roles. Before coming to Portland, he was associate superintendent of the Michigan City Area Schools in Indiana. Botana holds a master’s degree in educational administration and has completed doctoral program coursework.

To view the superintendent’s new contract, click HERE