2015-16 School Year Facility Reservations

Portage Public Schools will begin accepting applications for facility use on July 1.  All applications received prior to that date will be stamped as July 1, 2015.  At present, Portage Public Schools does not have an instructional calendar.  We cannot know when breaks, conferences and record days might occur so we ask all organizations to understand some dates may not be available.

Many of our school activities are already planned and on the calendar (parent-teacher conferences, fall performances and PTO annual events).  Some school-related activities cannot be scheduled until school starts in September.  We will make every attempt to accomodate your request.  Though some applications will be held until staff returns in the fall.

As per District regulation, please complete this form and sign to apply for facility use in Portage Public Schools.

PPS athletic equipment can be available under certain circumstances for a fee.  All guests are allowed free access to our WiFi canopy but we are unable to grant access to computers or printers for non-school organizations.

Most PPS facilities are closed for mandatory cleaning and maintenance in the summer.  We are unable to rent gyms, fields, classrooms or meeting rooms from mid-June through August as we preparing our buildings for learning in September.

Portage Public Schools is fortunate to have exceptional facilities for student and community learning.  In order to efficiently schedule building usage, organizations must contact their school building or Marti Phelps at 323-6759.  Marti can also be reached at mphelps@portageps.org

Did you know that:
•Portage Public Schools opens our multi-purpose gym facilities, the Stable and the Doghouse, December - February for residents to indoor winter walking during the winter.  The 2015-16 hours are Tuesdays from 6-8 pm at the CHS Stable and Thursdays from 6-8 pm at the NHS Doghouse.
•In 2014-15, 300+ outside groups scheduled meetings, classes or events in Portage Public Schools.
• We expect to schedule 40,000 events, most outside of the school day, in Portage Public Schools this school year.
• Many groups such as Boy/Girl Scouts only pay a nominal annual fee to use our facilities.
• Community Education Enrichment classes are sponsored by Portage Public Schools. These programs benefit adults and kids and a significant senior citizen population.
• Groups such as  athletic booster clubs, Bantam basketball or Kalamazoo Jr. Symphony Orchestra, who don’t have a facility of their own, are a non-profit and work to benefit kids are charged a very low rate to use our gyms & school spaces.
• Classroom rentals are limited until after 6 pm. This preserves space for teachers for after-school planning, correcting papers, parent meetings, etc.