Portage School District

7:19 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Former Portage Schools Human Resources Director resigns from Muskegon Charter School

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Patricia Koeze steps down as Superintendent of charter school in Muskegon, days after resigning from the Portage School District.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- For the second time this week, Patricia Koeze has resigned a job as a school administrator. Meanwhile, MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette has learned that Koeze's lawyer alleges she is the victim of a "smear campaign" by officials in Portage Public Schools.
6:30 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Portage School Board details charges against former Superintendent

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Report says Ric Perry's affair with Patricia Koeze impacted the decision to hire her as Human Resources Director
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - The Portage Public Schools Board of Education said former Superintendent Richard Perry engaged in several acts of misconduct all stemming from his "extramarital affair" with the district's former human resources director. The board on Tuesday approved and released a four-page list of charges against Perry that said represented a "material breach" of his contract and led to his suspension in December.
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.
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.

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