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Alan Harper Named Principal of New Grand River Academy


LIVONIA, Mich.—Alan Harper has been named principal for Grand River Academy. Grand River is a free public charter school scheduled to open in September 2014. It is managed by National Heritage Academies (NHA), which operates 49 public charter schools in Michigan.
“I am honored to take on the role of founding principal at Grand River Academy,” said Harper. “I believe Grand River Academy will provide an excellent educational choice to families in the community.”
For the past five years, Alan has served as principal of Stambaugh Charter Academy in Youngstown, Ohio. Prior to his leadership within NHA, Alan served as principal of three schools, ranging from elementary to high school. 
“I am looking forward to creating a strong learning environment at Grand River,” said Harper. “This begins with developing a quality team of educators, dedicated to the success of our students.”
Alan believes in creating a positive culture among everyone involved with school, from teachers to parents everyone plays an important role.
“I believe the best way to foster high learning is to make sure everyone involved in each students education understands what it takes,” said Harper. “Our school will thrive with the help of inspired teachers, involved parents, and supported students. All these factors help prepare students for high school, college, and beyond.”
Harper also believes the school should serve as a place for families to feel welcomed and valued.
“My goal is to create a culture at Grand River that is more than just a school building,” Harper stated. “Grand River is more than just classrooms filled with teachers and students. It is a place for families to meet, interact, and support the greater goal of student success”
Grand River Academy, set to be located in Livonia, Mich. will open in the fall of 2014. Grand River will serve students in grades kindergarten through sixth for the 2014-2015 school year.

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