PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Public Schools board picked San Francisco Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero as its finalist to lead the school district.
The school board voted unanimously to hire Guerrero on Friday morning.
“I am excited to work shoulder-to-shoulder with everyone in Portland on a student-centered and equity-focused effort to make Portland Public Schools the premier school system in the country. Our students and our community deserve nothing less," Guerrero said in a news release from PPS.
Guerrero must pass a background check conducted by the state of Oregon before the hire is official. He is expected to start work "in the coming weeks," the district said.
Guerrero has two master’s degrees in school leadership and principal certification, and educational policy and management, from Harvard University, according to PPS. He started as a bilingual elementary school teacher in San Francisco and Boston Public Schools before earning his certification to be a school principal. He has been San Francisco's deputy superintendent since 2012.
“Guadalupe Guerrero is a proven educator who brings a deep understanding of classroom teaching connected to what it takes to help all children succeed,” said school board chair Julia Brim-Edwards.
PPS has been searching for a new superintendent since May, when Dr. Donyall Dickey, the sole finalist to become superintendent, surprisingly withdrew his candidacy.
The district has been plagued with administrative problems and health concerns after district-wide lead issues were revealed last year. Interim superintendent Bob McKean has led the district since former superintendent Carole Smith announced her retirement in the summer of 2016.