Emergency Manager Joyce Parker has announced the appointment of three community leaders, who have strong ties to the City of Highland Park, to serve on the Highland Park Public School Academy System Board. Andre Davis, local entrepreneur, Marcia Cotton, Deputy Controller in the City of Ecorse, and Archer Collins, former Public Works Director in the City of Ecorse, will oversee the establishment and operation of the charter school system designed to provide the students of Highland Park with the quality education they deserve.
“I am confident that under the leadership of these individuals, with their strong ties and dedication to Highland Park, the students will get the educational opportunities that they deserve,” said Parker. “The experience of this board is crucial to creating a new and exciting opportunity for education and to ensure that families in the district have every opportunity to be successful.”
The newly appointed board will work closely with Ms. Parker to guide the formation of the new charter school system, set policy, manage resources effectively, and ensure that the students of Highland Park receive a high quality education. The board will oversee the charter system and confirm it meets all state and federal requirements, support and review the performance of the education service provider, and maintain accountability.
The board members will swear a constitutional oath of office during their first meeting to be held today at 12:00 p.m., at the Highland Park School District Administration Building. The meeting will be held in the Board of Education room. Ms. Parker will present her selection for charter school operator and review the proposed contract with the members of the academy system board. Following the meeting, Ms. Parker and board members will be available for questions from the media.
Andre Davis was born and raised in Highland Park and is CEO of Motor City Classic Group, Inc., a Highland Park-based business which operates limousine, auto detailing and security services. Mr. Davis previously worked for Ford Motor Company as an Automation Coordinator. He received a degree in Architectural Engineering and Computer-Aided Design from Phoenix Institute of Technology after graduating from Highland Park Community High School.
Marcia Cotton has 19 years of experience as financial analyst, currently serving as the Deputy Controller for the City of Ecorse. Ms. Cotton previously held positions with Wayne State University, Comerica Bank, Detroit Medical Center and started her career as a Payroll Specialist with the City of Highland Park. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Masters in Public Administration from Wayne State University.
Archer Collins is a Highland Park native who has extensive experience establishing a charter school, having served as President of the Discovery Arts and Technology Academy. In that role, Collins was involved in developing the initial lease and operating agreement for the K-8 charter school. Mr. Collins most recently served as the Director of Public Works in Ecorse. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University.
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