Portage school board member resigns, district seeking applications | #Education

PORTAGE, MI – Portage Public Schools is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the seven-member school board.

Rusty Rathburn is retiring after 14 and a half years on the Portage Board of Education, a district news release Wednesday, Nov. 23 said. He submitted his resignation Tuesday, Nov. 22. His six-year term was set to end in 2024.

Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years old, a United States citizen, a Michigan resident for at least 30 days and a resident in Portage Public Schools district. The appointed person will serve a partial term ending Dec. 31, 2024.

The application is available on Portage schools website. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, the release said.

Two newcomers were elected to the school board in the Nov. 8, general election. Incumbent Randy Van Antwerp, school board president, was also reelected.

Related: 3 newcomers, 2 incumbents elected to school boards in Kalamazoo and Portage

The school board will meet at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 12, to review applications. At that meeting, the board will “make the appointment or select candidate(s) to be interviewed, the release said.

If no appointments are made that night, the board will meet again at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 19, to interview candidates and make an appointment.

The new board member will join the board on Jan. 16, at the organizational meeting, the release said.

A guide for prospective candidates is available on the district’s website here.

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