BEAVERTON – New Beaverton High School principal Mike Bassage returned home this summer to find that the neighborhood had changed. Of course I’m speaking metaphorically when I write that. Beaverton High School itself hasn’t changed that much, but the protocols brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic will make this year seem a lot different.
Bassage has spent most of his life in Beaverton. He played football, basketball and baseball at Beaverton High School before graduating and heading off to college at Grand Valley State University. After completing his degree in Sports Medicine he worked at a hospital in Holland Michigan and later in Iron River in the Upper Peninsula. It was then that he made the decision to get into coaching and teaching leading he and his wife, Angie, back to Beaverton. She went to work as an Obstetrics Nurse in Midland while Mike entered the accelerated teaching program at Saginaw Valley State University.
Upon completion of the program he was hired by the Beaverton School District as a middle school physical education teacher. After several years he was transferred to the high school to teach Anatomy and Physiology and later Biology. After completing his Master’s Degree through Central Michigan University, he accepted the first of several administrative positions that eventually led to his current position.
First there was a three-year stint as the athletic director/assistant principal at the high school followed by two years as principal at the primary school. Upon consolidation of the elementary grades into one building, Bassage was on the move again becoming the principal of the elementary school where he has spent the last six years. When the pandemic struck last spring, the school district was forced to eliminate one administrative position leading to his move to the high school. Renee Inscho subsequently took over as the Elementary principal.
Though the circumstances were not ideal, Bassage is happy to be back at the high school. He is actually the star of a new YouTube video outlining the procedures of the Beaverton High School Return to Learn Plan. A link to the video can be found on the school website. “We have been working very hard all summer,” said Bassage. “Our plan follows all of the mandated guidelines from the governors executive orders.”