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Herman Greene and Gary Hollands are sworn in for their first term as Portland Public Schools board directors.

PHOTO COURTESY PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS - The Portland Public Schools Board welcomed two new board members and swore in another for her third term on July 1. Pictured left to right: Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero and Directors Eilidh Lowery, Amy Kohnstamm, Andrew Scott, Michelle DePass, Herman Greene, Jackson Weinberg, Gary Hollands and Julia Brim-Edwards.Two new members will start their first terms on the Portland Public Schools Board after being sworn into office July 1.

Gary Hollands and Herman Greene were sworn in during a ceremony at Jefferson High School, while incumbent Julia Brim-Edwards was sworn in for her third term.

Hollands, Greene and Brim-Edwards were elected to the school board in the May primary election.

PHOTO COURTESY PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Gary Hollands addresses a crowd during a swearing-in ceremony July 1 for new members of the Portland Public Schools Board of Education. Hollands is serving his first term on the school board.Hollands, who owns and operates a trucking company and school, campaigned on expanding Career and Technical Education options for students and improving third-grade literacy for students of color and diversifying the staff at PPS. He will represent Zone 5 on the board, which spans Northeast Portland and Cully to the north and Hollywood and 82nd Avenue to the East.

PHOTO COURTESY PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Herman Greene gives remarks after being sworn in for his first term on the Portland Public Schools Board of Education. To the left, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Melvin Oden-Orr looks on.Greene is a pastor and school volunteer who advocated for improving the district's graduation rates and increasing community engagement and involvement in the district's decisions. He represents Zone 4 in North Portland.

Brim-Edwards works for Nike and serves Zone 6 in Southeast and East Portland. During her previous terms on the board, she's prioritized better outcomes for students, especially those historically underserved by the district.

With new members, the school board also named Director Michelle DePass as the new board president and Andrew Scott, who represents Southwest Portland, as vice president.

Jackson Weinberg was also welcomed as the board's new student representative.

This fall, PPS students are slated to return to school in-person fulltime after returning in spring for limited in-person learning. The district will also offer an online charter school option for families who want to continue remote learning.


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