Portage Public Schools

4:17 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Portage interim superintendent to be reimbursed pension fine

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Rob Olsen took over as interim superintendent after the Portage Public School Board suspended former superintendent Ric Perry for having an affair.
PORTAGE, MI -- The Portage Public Schools Board of Education has agreed to reimburse Rob Olsen for a $19,073 penalty he had to pay to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System as a result of his recent stint as Portage interim superintendent.
7:38 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Former Portage Superintendent files suit

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Ric Perry is trying to overturn a arbitrator’s ruling that said the Portage school board had a right to force him out of his position.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Richard Perry, former superintendent of Portage Public Schools, has filed a lawsuit to overturn an arbitrator's ruling that the Portage school board was justified in forcing him out. The suit was filed July 9 in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court, 20 days after the arbitrator's decision was released.
7:39 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Portage School Board praises outgoing Superintendent Rob Olsen

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Paw Paw Superintendent Mark Bielang takes over as Superintendent of Portage Schools in August
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Portage Public Schools Acting Superintendent Rob Olsen ended his brief run as head of the district Monday night with lavish thanks and praise from the school board, administrators and the public.
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2:50 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Portage Schools sign contract with new superintendent

Credit WMUK

The new superintendent of the Portage Public Schools has a three-year contract. School Board trustees signed the agreement with Mark Bielang on Tuesday. Bielang, who is now superintendent of the Paw Paw Public Schools, will take over in Portage August 5th. He'll be paid just under $214,000 a year.

Portage School Board trustees picked Bielang as the district's new superintendent June 21st after a protracted search process that saw an earlier finalist drop out and charges that the board had violated Michigan's Open Meetings Act. PPS officials say that was not the case.

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9:28 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Portage Public Schools to boost security at entrances to several buidlings

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Secure entrances will allow exterior doors to be locked down during school hours
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Portage Public Schools will spend more than $600,000 to build secure entries at nine buildings. The Portage school board Monday approved a $606,100 contract with Frederick Construction of Vicksburg for stepped up building security measures that come in part because of last year's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut.