Ryan Portenga has resigned as Mona Shores High School athletic director, two days after it was announced that he was being suspended and reprimanded for violating the school’s Board Ethics Policy.
Portenga submitted a letter of resignation, dated June 7 and addressed to interim superintendent Bill O’Brien.
In the letter, Portenga wrote: “I broke the trust expected of me — and will forever own the mistakes that I made. I let down my family, my colleagues, and all of Sailor Nation. Not only am I incredibly sorry, but I pray that my resignation brings peace to those affected by my actions.”
In a letter Tuesday, addressed to “Sailor Community” and sent to MLive, O’Brien wrote that Portenga was being suspended 10 days without pay over “rumors surrounding our High School Athletic Director.”
No further information is available on the nature of the “rumors.”
The disciplinary action also included a written reprimand, and Portenga was to be placed on a plan of improvement upon return to his duties, according to O’Brien.
Portenga, a Muskegon native, had served as Mona Shores’ athletic director since 2009.
In a letter addressed to “Sailor Community” and sent to MLive Thursday morning, O’Brien said that a search for a new high school AD will begin by the end of this week.
“We will actively seek input from our students, parents, staff and community during this process,” O’Brien wrote.
“As we move toward the future, we look forward to bringing on a new Sailor team member with a strong focus on doing what is best for the kids and community of Mona Shores.”
In his letter of resignation, Portenga expressed gratitude for his time with the school district.
“I will always cherish my time as a Sailor — working with phenomenal student-athletes, coaches, teachers, administrators, and community members — and wish nothing but the best for everyone moving forward. The memories I have of our time together as teammates will always bring a smile to my face,” he wrote.
“Considering that nothing is ever achieved alone, I would like to thank all of those who have aided in our department’s growth this past decade — specifically Jennifer Bustard, Sue McAvoy, and Mike Mack. I would also like to thank the trio of Walt Gawkowski, Shelly Marine, and Sandi Hirvo for all of their help behind the scenes — as well as our Board of Education for supporting all the change brought forward over the years. Lastly, I would like to thank the countless coaches — although too many to name — I have had the pleasure of serving alongside and wish them and all of our student-athletes well in the future.”