Portland, Michigan is conveniently located just off Interstate 96, geographically "centered" between the larger cities of Grand Rapids and Lansing - being approximately 30 miles from each. Ionia, the county seat, is 20 miles away. Portland Public Schools is located in eastern Ionia County. Often referred to as The City of Two Rivers, Portland has a population of nearly 4,000 people.
Portland Public School district (a smaller class B district) consists of five school buildings; Portland High School, Portland Adult and Alternative Education, Portland Middle School, Westwood Elementary, and Oakwood Elementary. The total number of students in all four buildings, as of the Fall 2010 count day, is 2,122.
Portland High School, located at 1100 Ionia Road, was built in 1991, and was added on to in 2002. The building is administered by principal Christine Rockey and assistant principal Bill Martin (1/2 time). As of Fall 2010, Portland High School contained 609 students in grades 9-12.
Portland Adult and Community Education is also located on Ionia Road, right next to the high school. Administered by Mrs. Marilyn Stock, 45 high school aged students take advantage of the services this entity provides.
Portland Middle School is located across town at 745 Storz Avenue. Built originally as the high school, the building was renovated in 1991 to become the middle school. Mr. Todd Marsh is the head principal, and Mr. Bill Martin spends his afternoons in the building as the assistant principal. There are 473 students in grades 6-8 enrolled for the 2010-2011 school year.
Westwood Elementary, built in 1995 and renovated in 2002, can be found at 883 Cross Street, near the high school. Mr. Jim Walter, the principal there, reports a student count of 448 students in grades 3-5.
Oakwood Elementary is near the middle school, and is located at 500 Oak Street. The building was constructed in 1956 and revamped in 1975 & 2002. Mrs. Lisa Riffle is the principal, and the building count this year is 547 in grades DK-2. Oakwood also houses the Pre-Primary Instruction program and the Great Start Michigan Readiness Program.
Superintendent Charles Dumas administers the district, and his office, along with the Finance office, the Special Education office, and the Technology office, can be found within the high school at 1100 Ionia Road. Portland Public Schools is part of the Ionia County Intermediate School District, and partners with Portland St. Patrick, a local DK-12 parochial school, to provide a quality education for all students.