Educational Supports and Intervention

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The Department of Educational Supports and Intervention is responsible for providing a multitude of services beyond what general education programs provide. Services are available for students with special needs residing within the Southern Services Area (SSA) in Kalamazoo County. We proudly serve students in Portage, Vicksburg and Schoolcraft schools. For more information about the KRESA program servicing Schoolcraft and Vicksburg schools, visit

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To create the conditions for learning to occur for all students by minimizing the barriers to learning and maximizing the opportunities for all students to successfully participate in the general education curriculum and environment, preparing them to be productive and independent citizens.


   ESI Department Mission

ESI Programs

In partnership with KRESA, Portage Public Schools is proud to provide social, emotional learning and mental health supports to our students. Housed within the Educational Supports and Intervention Department and led by Marianne Joynt, Coordinator of Mental Health Initiatives, the following staff are critical to helping our students succeed in and out of the classroom. Browse below to read more about the types of support available to students.

To learn more about resources available at Portage Public Schools, click below.

Links to important resources

Please click below to browse local and state resources for mental health, food pantries and social and emotional learning.