SOUTH HAVEN | Jennifer Sass will take on the role of Portage High School principal beginning July 1.
The Portage Township School Board approved the administration's recommendation Thursday night during a meeting held at Saylor Elementary School.
Sass, who was hired as PHS assistant principal about four years ago and was promoted to associate principal last year, will replace longtime Portage educator Caren Swickard. Swickard announced her retirement last month.
"She (Sass) has done very excellent work since coming on board," Superintendent E. Ric Frataccia said. "She has a heart for the kids and a love of Portage."
Sass became a little emotional when addressing the board following the vote.
"I feel like I had great leaders. When I came to Portage, I felt like I fit," said Sass, who previously taught 23 years in LaPorte schools.
"We are a Grade A school and the goal is to keep it going," Sass said, adding she believes Swickard put the building blocks in place to make the high school its best.
In other business, the School Board gave its approval to advertise for bids to upgrade the wireless systems at PHS and Willowcreek and Fegely middle schools as part of the district's 1:1 technology program.
They also approved a new sign for Willowcreek Middle School to replace the one blown down in a storm last year. The new sign will include a full-color reader board to advertise school and community events.