Portland Public Schools hires former Forest Grove School District Superintendent

Portland – In a statement released on their website today, Portland Public Schools (PPS) says they have hired former Forest Grove School District (FGSD) superintendent Yvonne Curtis to fill the newly created post of Deputy Superintendent of Instruction and School Communities. Curtis will start at PPS on January 2, 2018.  Curtis’ last day as the FGSD Superintendent was Friday, December 15. 

For Gales Creek residents, Curtis is perhaps best known for leading the Forest Grove School District’s administration during the closure of the Gales Creek Elementary School and subsequent opening of a therapeutic day program that now brings dozens of students with “social-emotional needs, behavioral concerns and developmental disabilities” from schools in Forest Grove and out of district to a program called the Oak Grove Academy into the former elementary school.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Curtis is joining my leadership team,” said PPS Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero in a statement. “We share a deep belief that with an intentional focus on teaching and learning and a systemic approach to supporting school communities, we can positively impact student outcomes. We are optimistic that PPS can become the premier school district in Oregon and grow to become one of the top urban districts in the country.”

According to PPS, Curtis will “partner with the Superintendent and other senior leadership to develop and implement the instructional systems and structures that will close the achievement gap and raise academic achievement for all students in Portland Public Schools” in her new role at PPS.

As reported by Shasta Kearns Moore of the Portland Tribune, Curtis will make $195,000 per year as Deputy Superintendent. In Forest Grove, Curtis’ salary was raised to $162,671 in May of 2017 after her employment contract with the district was extended by a 4-1 vote by the school board. Three members of that board completed their term of office a few months after that vote and are no longer on the board.

The Forest Grove School Board accepted Curtis’ abrupt resignation at a hastily scheduled board meeting on December 12. 

Sources and more information: 

Full press release
Dr. Yvonne Curtis’ redacted resume, as released by PPS.
Deputy Superintendent of Instruction and School Communities job description
Prior Journal coverage of FGSD news