Portage School Board OKs administrative staffing changes

2013-06-25T00:00:00Z Portage School Board OKs administrative staffing changesJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | The Portage Township School Board on Monday approved several staffing changes in its administration.

Most of the changes were prompted by the resignation of Assistant Superintendent Tom Taylor who accepted the job of superintendent at Hanover Community Schools.

The School Board approved:

• Expanding the responsibilities of Assistant Superintendent Mary Tracy-Macaulay from elementary grades to include kindergarten through eight.

• Expanding the responsibilities of Director of Support Services Dave Harman to include supervision of classified staff, which includes secretarial staff and instructional aids and involvement in workman's comp insurance and facility uses.

• Moving Portage High School Assistant Principal Jennifer Sass to the new position of associate principal in charge of grades 10 through 12.

• Moving Assistant Principal Mike Spagna to the new position of associate principal in charge of grades nine and 10, including the looping program.

• Hiring Portage High School biology teacher Jay Drew as the district's new director of technology. Drew served eight years as a PHS teacher and previously served five years as the technology director for Lowell High School.

• Hired 14-year teacher Deb Slack as principal of Aylesworth Elementary School, replacing Tara Wiltfong who recently resigned. Slack most recently taught fourth grade at the school.

• Hired Dan Sheets as director of maintenance for the district. Sheets previously worked in the district information technology department.

• Hired Lisa Strong as director of custodial services for the district. Strong previously served as assistant director of the district's food service department.

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