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Former PPS board member Wynde takes district job

Former Portland Public Schools board member David Wynde is leaving his job of 20 years at U S Bank to work for the school district.

Having served for eight years as a volunteer board member, this will be his first paid position with PPS.

Starting Thursday, he'll serve as deputy chief financial officer, providing 'strategic direction to maximize the district's assets and revenue and manage costs, including PERS liabilities and health care expenses.'

He'll also help coordinate the district's priorities-based budgeting process.

'I have a deep passion for education, particularly in Portland,' Wynde says. 'This is an opportunity for me to put my professional background and skills and expertise to use in service of that cause.'

The position is a new one, but will be budget neutral to the district because other administrative staff jobs were rearranged.

Wynde says he'll split his time between PPS and US Bank during the month of September, and start full-time at the district in October.

Other new administrators in finance at the district include chief financial officer Neil Sullivan and budget director Zhai Logan.

At U S Bank, Wynde was vice president and manager of community relations. While on the board, he was the point person on finance issues and the school modernization board, which voters narrowly rejected.

While he begins his new work, the school board - which meets for the first time Sept. 12 - will kick off with three new members: Greg Belisle, Matt Morton and student representative Henry Li, a senior at Wilson High School.

The first board meeting's agenda has not been set yet, but there won't be a shortage of issues to tackle.

One pressing concern has been the fate of Marysville School, which has been using temporary space since their building burned in 2009.

The bond measure would have paid to rebuild the school; the community has been left in limbo without the funds.

Now, PPS has announced three public meetings to take public input on potential options for the school.

The meetings are:

• Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to noon, Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, 7211 S.E. 62nd Ave.

• Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7 to 9 p.m., Y Arts Center, 6036 S.E. Foster Road

And the third meeting will include a summary of the feedback:

• Monday, Sept. 19, 7 to 9 p.m., Y Arts Center, 6036 S.E. Foster Road

All meetings will include childcare, interpretation services, cookies and coffee.