Portage School Board

6:33 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Portage Schools Human Resources Director resigns after starting job in Muskegon

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Koeze has been identified as the employee involved in a relationship with former Superintendent Ric Perry who resigned last week.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Patricia Koeze has submitted her resignation as Portage Public Schools' human resources director, Portage school officials said Monday, hours after they learned Koeze had started a new job in Muskegon without telling them. "Dr. Koeze has tendered her 'involuntary resignation' effective immediately," said a statement issued by the Portage Public Schools late Monday.
7:52 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Portage Administrator at center of superintendent controversy starts job with Muskegon charter school

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Patricia Koeze was recently identified as having been in a relationship with Superintendent Ric Perry. That led to Perry resigning "under protest" last week.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Patricia Koeze started Jan. 14 as superintendent of a Muskegon charter school, but that's news to school officials at Portage Public Schools, where Koeze remains on the payroll as human resources director. Koeze was hired by the management company of Waypoint Academy in Muskegon to be the school's superintendent, said Jim Fisher, president of the Waypoint board.
2:22 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Attorney says misconduct charges against Perry don't involve financial impropriety

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Perry's resignation was accepted by the Portage School Board last week. An arbitration hearing will decide if Perry gets any severance from the district.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Misconduct charges leveled against former Portage Superintendent Ric Perry by the school district do not involve allegations of "financial illegality or abuse of public funds," Perry's attorney says. Christopher Morris of Kalamazoo contacted MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette by email on Saturday in response to a story posted Friday about Perry's relationship with Patricia Koeze, the district's human resources director.
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10:48 am
Tue January 15, 2013

MLive Kalamazoo reporter Julie Mack on Portage Superintendent resignation

Julie Mack - file photo

The Portage School Board has accepted the resignation of Superintendent Ric Perry a month after he was suspended for an “inappropriate relationship” with a district employee and ten days before a due process hearing had been scheduled over possibly terminating Perry’s contract. MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette reporter Julie Mack says the two sides will now move to arbitration.

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7:17 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Portage School Board accepts resignation of Superintendent Ric Perry

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Perry has been suspended since mid-December because of an "inappropriate relationship" with a district employee.
The practical effect of the vote is that Perry is no longer Portage school superintendent and is no longer on the district's payroll. In addition, instead of holding a due-process hearing before the board scheduled for Jan. 25 on whether Perry violated his contract, the dispute will move straight to arbitration.