Portage Public Schools

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As early as November, the Portage Public Schools could ask voters to approve several major building projects. The Board of Education is months away from a final proposal. It could build several new or remodeled middle and elementary schools as well as new pools and stadiums. The district might also close one of its middle schools. And that raises concerns for at least one parent.

Kurt Droppers was one of five candidates interviewed by the board on Tuesday

The Portage Public Schools Board of Education has scheduled two special meetings as it moves to fill Ted Hartridge's former seat.

Hartridge served on the board twice, from 1999 to 2000 and then from 2011 until this year. He died in January after a battle with cancer.

Both special meetings will be held at the PPS Administration Building.

On February 11 the Board will review candidate applications and select people to interview. It plans to conduct those interviews February 17.

Facilities steering committee will consider results when they meet in December


In Portage, as in Kalamazoo, the race for some seats on the Board of Education is competitive this year.