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District Has New Transportation Director

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District Has New Transportation Director
Posted on 05/04/2021
This is the image for the news article titled District Has New Transportation DirectorJoel Thoits is the Portland Public Schools’ new director of transportation. Joel began his new role on April 26. He is replacing outgoing director Eric Wood, who is leaving the post at the end of May.

Joel most recently has been the district’s operations manager but began with the district in 2012 as a bus driver. “Joel was selected from a competitive field of applicants based on his deep understanding of the department’s work and his long term commitment to the district,” said Superintendent Xavier Botana. 

Botana thanked Eric Wood for his service. “Eric has done an amazing job leading the department for the past two years,” Botana said. “He leaves us to move back to his home in the Midwest, but will be overlapping with Joel through the end of the month to help with the transition.  We wish Eric the best in his future endeavors.”