PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) - Portage Public Schools has hired Mark Bielang as its new superintendent.
Bielang was previously the superintendent of Paw Paw Public Schools for 18 years. He has served as president of the American Association of School Administrators and as president of the Michigan Association of School Administrators.
"We are excited to start working with Mark," Portage Board of Education President Bo Snyder said in a Tuesday statement. "He is a high-caliber person who will move our schools forward."
Bielang has signed a three-year, $213,850 contract with Portage Public Schools, effective Aug. 5.
That $213,850 breaks down to $195,000 yearly salary and $18,850 annuity. Bielang will also receive health insurance.
Paw Paw has a student population of 2,300. Portage has a student population of 8,700. According to Portage, Bielang's new job constitutes at 16% compensation increase.
Bielang replaces former superintendent Ric Perry, who resigned under protest in January after allegations arose that he engaged in an extramarital affair with another administrator. An arbitrator later determined he had breached the terms of his contract with the district.
Perry was hired in 2011 after Marsha Wells resigned as superintendent following months of disagreements with the school board.
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