District Spotlight

Board Approves Xavier Botana
As Portland’s New Superintendent

The Portland Public Schools has a new superintendent: Xavier Botana.
The Portland Board of Public Education voted May 24 to hire Botana, currently an associate superintendent in Indiana, for a three-year term starting July 1. “We’re very excited to welcome Mr. Botana as our new superintendent of schools,” said School Board Chair Marnie Morrione.
Botana said, “I am honored to have been selected for this post.” Learn more.


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Maine’s largest school system has 10 elementary schools, three middle schools and four high schools serving approximately 7,000 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 and more than 4,400 adult learners.  

The district takes full advantage of its location in a vibrant city with a thriving arts life. Schools draw on the resources offered by museums, theaters, local businesses and the city’s colleges and universities. 

Portland has a highly trained teaching staff. Many teachers hold advanced degrees. All of the district's teachers continue their education by pursuing professional development activities on a regular basis.

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