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Portland Public Schools announced the decision on Thursday, months after naming Donyall Dickey its sole finalist.

Interim Superintendent Bob McKean announced Thursday to staff at Portland Public Schools that his replacement, Donyall Dickey of Atlanta, won't be coming to Portland.

Tom Koehler, chairman of the board, wrote in a statement that it was a "mutual understanding."

"Dr. Dickey is a talented educator who has an impressive record of improving student success - and he has a bright future in education," Koehler wrote. "We wish him only the best in the next phase of his career."

PPS's public announcement came only moments after a Multnomah County jury found the district had allowed a racially hostile work environment to fester in the district.

McKean, in his statement, said he would continue through June in his interim role, at which point Yousef Awwad would lead the district as the school board conducts a search for a permanent superintendent.

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