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Portland schools’ HR chief was under scrutiny when she quit

August 6, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The director of human resources for Portland Public Schools was under investigation when she quit last month.

It is unknown why Kylie Rogers was under scrutiny, but documents show the district hired an outside lawyer to investigate her, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Monday.

Rogers declined to answer questions when contacted by the newspaper. A district spokesman said the investigation is ongoing, and wouldn’t say if Rogers had been asked to quit.

Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero praised Rogers’ work when announcing the departure July 25. Rogers’ responsibilities were given to an interim director the same day she put in her resignation.

Documents show Rogers told Guerrero and other district leaders that she decided to quit because managing the workload had become too hard on her family.

“I consider it one of the great fortunes of my career and my life to have landed in K-12 and at Portland Public Schools at a time and place that I could work with the superintendent and all of you,” she wrote.

Rogers worked for Oregon’s largest school district for less than a year, but had a significant amount of power and responsibility.

She fired scores of employees as part of a reorganization of the central office, and led the personnel department during a period in which the district had to fill dozens of positions and develop anti-nepotism and anti-harassment policies.

During her stint, the district changed the name of the human resources department to the “Talent & Culture department.”

The newspaper reports Rogers was fond of upbeat superlatives, as shown in the signature on her resignation letter:

“Kylie J. Rogers

Chief of Talent & Culture (CHRO)

Authenticity Advocate

Out-loud Processor

Semi-cool Mom”

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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