Experienced leaders named to helm DPS self-governed schools

Penny Bailer, executive director of City Year Detroit, speaks with City Year Corp members including Paquenia Suggs, center, 28, of Detroit and Julia Bent ,24, of Baton Rouge, La., on April 27, 2011. Bailer was named Monday, June 4, 2012, to be on the governing council for Detroit Collegiate Prep.

Penny Bailer, executive director of City Year Detroit, speaks with City Year Corp members including Paquenia Suggs, center, 28, of Detroit and Julia Bent ,24, of Baton Rouge, La., on April 27, 2011. Bailer was named Monday, June 4, 2012, to be on the governing council for Detroit Collegiate Prep. / JARRAD HENDERSON/Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press Education Writer

Reginald Eadie, president of Sinai Grace Hospital, was named Monday, June 4, 2012, to the governing council for Dr. Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine. / Free Press file photo

Detroit Public Schools today named some high-powered local Detroiters and business leaders who will serve on the boards that will operate eight self-governed schools starting in the fall.

The business and community leaders who have accepted roles on governing councils include Anita Ashford, vice president of DTE Energy, and the Rev. Edgar Vann, bishop of Second Ebenezer Church, who will be on governing councils at Osborn High; Jeff Bergeron, president and CEO of Ernst & Young, who will be on a council at Cody High, and Dr. Reginald Eadie, president of Sinai Grace Hospital, who will be on the council at Benjamin Carson Academy.

The governing councils were named today along with the principals whose appointments are effective July 1. The councils and principals will be responsible for academic standards, the school’s budget, hiring, curriculum and operations, with oversight from DPS.

“In a self-governing school, the principal is the CEO,” explained Doug Ross, DPS chief innovation officer.

The idea behind the self-governing schools is to increase efficiency by eliminating a layer of bureaucracy and allowing more decisions to be made at the school level.

“By shifting authority to make vital decisions to the school level, we offer schools both the ability to maintain consistency in their programs and the ability to make decisions that best serve the needs of their particular students,” DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts said in a statement today.

The principals at the self-governing schools will be: Mary Kovari for Detroit Institute of Technology at Cody; Michelle Parker for Medicine and Community Health Academy at Cody; Johnathon Matthews for Cody Academy of Public Leadership; Tanya Bowman for Osborn Collegiate Academy of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Calvin B. Patillo for Osborn College Preparatory Academy; Felicia Cook for Osborn Evergreen Academy of Design and Alternative Energy, Brenda Belcher for Dr. Benjamin Carson School for Science and Medicine and Ricardo Martin for Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School.

Three of the schools will be located within the Cody High building but will be separately operated. Another three will be located within Osborn High but will be separately operated.

The self-governing schools and the students will remain part of DPS.

The governing councils announced today are:

Governing council for the Cody campus:

• Jeff Bergeron, president and CEO, Ernst & Young

• Dr. Patricia Butler, community resident and retired educator

• Kenyetta Campbell, executive director, Cody Rouge Action Alliance

• Doreen Odom, community resident, Western Michigan University Admissions

• Jason Paulateer, vice president, PNC Bank

• Charles Small, president and CEO, Don Bosco Hall

Markeith Weldon, owner, Weldon Enterprise Global

Governing council for the Osborn campus:

• Anita Ashford, vice president, DTE Energy

• Bryan Barnhill, policy director, Detroit City Council

• Quincy Jones, executive director, Osborn Neighborhood Alliance

• Bertha Marsh, community resident (retired)

• Zafar Razzacki, account executive, US Brand Solutions, Google Corp.

• Alice Thompson, COO, Black Family Development

• The Rev. Edgar Vann, bishop at Second Ebenezer Church

Governing council for Detroit Collegiate Prep:

• Penny Bailer, executive director, City Year Detroit

• Gail Spencer, organizer, American Federation of Teachers Michigan

• The Rev. Robert Smith Jr., pastor, New Bethel Baptist Church

• Jennifer Smith, executive director of Boys Hope, Girls Hope and Board Member for Communities in Schools

• Juanita Lamar, parent representative

• Robert Marans, professor of architecture and urban planning and senior research scientist, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

• Kevin L. Bell, senior manager for Diversity Supplier Development, Chrysler Group LLC

Governing council for Dr. Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine:

• Dr. Reginald Eadie, president, Sinai Grace Hospital

• Dr. Gary Willyerd, assistant dean, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

• Dr. Susan Schooley, physician, Henry Ford Health System

• Olisaeloka I. Dallah, vice president of compliance, Greektown Casino

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