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Commandant Named for New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy Charter
A U.S. Marine Corps colonel and former school board leader has been named to oversee the New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy, a charter high school set to open in fall 2011.
Col. William P. Davis, Assistant Chief for Facilities, Marine Forces Reserve, New Orleans, Louisiana, has been chosen to be the school’s Commandant, according to Terry Ebbert, a retired Marine colonel who has led development of the school and played a key role in starting the Belle Chasse Academy charter school, which opened at Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base New Orleans in 2002.
Davis will oversee a principal, who will run the school’s academic program, according to Ebbert. Davis plans to retire from the military and move into the new position in June. His education background includes serving as chairman and vice chairman of the Marine Corps Base Quantico Department of Defense School Board.
The New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy is planned for a site on the Federal City military complex, but renovations are needed so the school is expected to open initially at a site off the base.
The school is expected to open serving ninth grade, and then grades will be added year by year. Participation in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps will be a mandatory part of the school’s program.