Portland Public Schools’ lone finalist for superintendent falls through

Donyall Dickey, photographed in Atlanta, during a Portland school board scouting trip, won’t become Portland’s next superintendent after all.

(Phil Skinner / Special to The Oregonian/OregonLive)

The lone finalist to become superintendent of Oregon’s largest school district, Atlanta’s Donyall Dickey, will not assume the job, putting the district in the difficult position of potentially lacking a leader for next school year.

Portland Public Schools board, in a written statement, said Thursday afternoon that the search fell apart because the board and Dickey reached "a mutual understanding that our expectations for the job were not in complete alignment."

The unsettling news came two months to the day since the school board proudly announced that Dickey, the chief of schools and academics for Atlanta Public Schools, was the board’s choice for lone finalist.

Interim Superintendent Bob McKean has said he would only serve one year in the post. He took the position last August.

This post will be updated.

— Bethany Barnes

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