The election results are in. Rita Moore, Scott Bailey, and Julie Brim-Edwards were elected to the Portland Public School Board in the Tuesday, May 16th election. In addition, voters said YES to the $790 million bond measure.
Rita Moore emerged victorious despite being outspent by her opponent Jamila Singleton Munson by a margin of over over 2:1. The new PPS board will consist of Julie Esparza Brown (zone 1), Paul Anthony (zone 2), Amy Kohnstamm (zone 3), Rita Moore (zone 4), Scott Bailey (zone 5), Julie Brim-Edwards (zone 6), Mike Rosen (zone 7), and a student representative to be announced.
The average school in the district is 77 years old, and 10 are more than a century old. Before a school bond passed in 2012, voters had not approved a capital improvement package since 1945, so infrastructure improvements to PPS is long overdue.
With a new Board and new money, one major task still demands attention. Portland Public Schools is searching for a new superintendent. New board members are eager to join in the process of finding the right person for the job. After disappointment in the result of the most recent search, they may be eyeing a new process. With a new board, a new bond, and a new leader for PPS, may the healing begin.