Portland Public Schools sees leadership shuffle

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Portland Public Schools this fall will see new leaders in various buildings and departments as retirements, departures and a magnet program closure and reconfiguration give way to an administrative shuffle.

The district filled one of its top jobs by naming Korinna Wolfe as executive director of the Multiple Pathways to Graduation department, formerly named Education Options. Wolfe has served for the past school year as interim executive director of the department, which oversees the district's alternative and charter schools, as well as its community-based programs.

The position became vacant last school year after the district promoted former executive director Sue Ann Higgens to chief academic officer. The district initially selected a Florida administrator for the position but rescinded the offer after news coverage revealed hiring officials had been unaware of her involvement in an internal investigation.

Wolfe, who had worked for Education Options since 2008 as the Teen Parent Services program director, was appointed as the interim leader in November. She has also worked for Casey Family Programs and the Native American Youth & Family Center.

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