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PPS Interim Superintendent To Earn $243K Under New Contract


Bob McKean speaks at a community meeting at Portland Public Schools district office, before being named the interim superintendent.

Bob McKean speaks at a community meeting at Portland Public Schools district office, before being named the interim superintendent.

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Portland Public Schools interim superintendent Bob McKean will earn nearly as much as his predecessor under terms of his recently-signed contract.

The school board agreed to pay McKean $243,600 over the next year as superintendent of Oregon’s largest school district. That’s just shy of the $247,000 annual salary the district started paying Carole Smith in 2014. Smith announced her retirement in July.

Portland Public Schools is searching for a permanent superintendent. If school board members find someone in the next few months, they could terminate McKean’s contract early. The contract allows the board to give McKean 30 days’ notice and just pay what he accrues in that time.  

McKean is also drawing about $15,000 annually from Oregon’s public retirement system.  

The PPS contract required McKean, who came out of retirement, to re-establish his administrator license. The license expired in 2012 and McKean paid to expedite its renewal.

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