- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The finalist to become superintendent of Oregon’s largest school district will not be taking the position, which could potentially lead to the district not having a leader next year.

Portland Public Schools chairman Tom Koehler said Thursday the search fell apart because the board and Donyall Dickey reached a mutual understanding that “expectations for the job were not in complete alignment,” The Oregonian/OregonLive reported (https://bit.ly/2pebccT ).

Dickey is currently the chief of schools and academics for Atlanta Public Schools.

Board members said Thursday they were highly confident they made the right decision to not hire him.

Koehler specifically cited a report the board received. He would not disclose its contents, but described it as the culmination of the vetting process.

“Our job as a board is to make the right call for the kids and the district,” Koehler said. “And this clearly is the right call.”

Interim Superintendent Bob McKean said he will not stay on after his contract runs out at the beginning of July, but he will be available to be consulted with.

Deputy chief executive officer Yousef Awwad will take charge after McKean leaves, Koehler said.

The board has not decided whether it will try to hire another interim superintendent after McKean leaves, he said.

“We are very confident we will hire a permanent superintendent who will help lead our district in our next phase because of what we have to offer - a vibrant, caring city with a passion for public education,” Koehler said.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, https://www.oregonlive.com

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