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Salary, Lack Of Candor Tanked PPS Superintendent Contract Talks


It was a lack of candor, not just a disagreement over money, that tanked the candidacy of the man who was supposed to be Portland Public Schools’ next superintendent, the Portland Tribune has learned.

In his first interview since announcing Thursday that he would walk away from the job, Donyall Dickey of Atlanta told the Tribune that contract talks broke down irrevocably this week over PPS’s proposed salary and his desire to continue consulting with other school districts. He also said he’d been offered another opportunity in K-12 education.

“It was my decision to withdraw my name,” he said.

But that doesn’t appear to be the full story. Tom Koehler, chairman of the Portland Public Schools’ board, said in a statement to the Tribune on Saturday that Dickey was not forthcoming about minor blemishes in his background check.

Read more at the Portland Tribune.

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