PORTLAND — The city’s new superintendent will take his seat among School Board members for the first time tonight.

Superintendent Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk was officially installed by the board on July 9. He comes to Portland by way of Philadelphia, where he was an assistant superintendent in charge of 36 of the 249 schools in the eighth-largest school system in the nation.

Prior to that, Caulk, 40, was deputy chief for instruction and leadership support in Philadelphia before he was promoted in 2009 to interim regional assistant superintendent.

Caulk has been working the last week in Portland, according to School Board Chairwoman Kate Snyder.

Tonight, the board will vote on a recommendation to purchase 92 Waldron Way from Portland Shellfish Co. to be used as a central kitchen. The property and building are valued at $1.8 million.

The board will also vote on whether to create two new administrative positions: a coordinator of parent and community engagement, with a salary range of $79,000 to $86,000; and a deputy chief of shared accountability and special adviser to the superintendent, with a salary range of $95,000 to $110,000.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in room 250 of Casco Bay High School, 196 Allen Ave.

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