Portland school board to vote on new superintendent

Emmanuel Caulk, an assistant superintendent in the Philadelphia public school system, meets with teachers, parents and administrators in a public discussion Tuesday evening, May 29, 2012, at Casco Bay High School.
Emmanuel Caulk, an assistant superintendent in the Philadelphia public school system, meets with teachers, parents and administrators in a public discussion Tuesday evening, May 29, 2012, at Casco Bay High School. Buy Photo
Posted July 02, 2012, at 5:29 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A top school official in Philadelphia has emerged as the No. 1 candidate for superintendent of schools in Portland.

School board votes are set for Monday and again July 9 on whether to hire Emmanuel Caulk, assistant superintendent of schools in Philadelphia. The July 9 vote will be followed by a reception in the State of Maine room at Portland City Hall.

Caulk was chosen from a field of 159 applicants from all over the country.

In Philadelphia during Caulk’s leadership, schools showed gains in reading and math. He previously was assistant superintendent in East Baton Rouge Parish School System in Louisiana. He’s expected to begin his Portland work Aug. 20.

Portland’s previous superintendent, James Morse, has left the district for a new position in New Hampshire.

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