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Jon Isaacs will change jobs at the end of April

Portland Public Schools chief of Community Involvement and Public Affairs will leave the district for Uber, a taxi-like platform that is growing in popularity in the city.

Jon Isaacs has been the top spokesman at the district for three years, overseeing a number of public communication efforts. Most recently, Isaacs led more than a dozen Districtwide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (DBRAC) meetings. PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - PPS Chief of Communications and Public Affairs Jon Isaacs

Superintendent Carole Smith and board chair Tom Koehler had praise for Isaacs' efforts during the March 29 board meeting.

Calling him "a champion and leader in really orchestrating this massive (DBRAC effort),” Smith thanked Isaacs, adding: "your stamp is all over this process."

Koehler added his thanks saying that Isaacs and his team had brought the district's communications "into the 21st century."

Isaacs has been a controversial figure among activists and is currently under a district-funded independent investigation over an $11,000 contract for nine pages of election results. Willamette Week reported that the contractor, Jeremy Wright, was a friend of Isaacs.

Conservative radio host Lars Larson discussed the contract in his Northwest show last week.

In an emailed statement, Isaacs said he looks forward to being just another parent at the district.

"I am grateful to Superintendent Carole Smith for giving me the opportunity to serve PPS for the past nearly four years. My own kids attend PPS schools and I will always love this great school district," he said. "I am particularly proud our work to modernize the Community Involvement and Public Affairs department to more equitably and efficiently get critical information to families in the age of digital communication, and our management of a transparent, responsive districtwide enrollment balancing process that engaged thousands of parents and community members. As I move on to my next challenge I will continue to be involved with PPS wearing only my parent hat, which will be a welcome change.”

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