Portage Public Schools

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

Rob Olsen took over as interim superintendent after the Portage Public School Board suspended former superintendent Ric Perry for having an affair.

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.

Paw Paw Superintendent Mark Bielang takes over as Superintendent of Portage Schools in August

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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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