Long Beach, Calif. — August 1, 2007 — New City Public Schools (NCPS), a growing network of high quality, free K-12 public charter schools, recently appointed five new members to its Board of Directors including Paul Siegel, Dr. Mercedes Navarro, Pamela Chevreaux, Jennifer Stern, and Javier D´Agustini. The additions to the NCPS board will aid in the school´s five year expansion plan to open four new K-8 schools and a high school in underserved communities from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles.
"We are pleased to expand our board to include these esteemed members of the community," said Ted Hamory, CEO and co-founder of NCPS. "Each of the new members bring years of unique experience in a range of industries and will provide important insight as we continue to expand our schools."
Currently a managing partner of the Mana Hotel Group, Paul Siegel brings more than 30 years of experience in real estate, publishing and entertainment media to NCPS. Siegel attended Pace University and the London School of Foreign Trade and holds a bachelors of science in business administration and science.
Dr. Mercedes Navarro, a Child Neurologist and Psychologist at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, is also a trained Montessori Educator and a docent at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. An active local philanthropist, Dr. Navarro brings strong ties to the local community to her position with NCPS.
Pamela Chevreaux, Vice President of Ambulatory Services at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, brings a broad range of experience in strategic planning and marketing in the healthcare industry to her post on the NCPS board. She received her bachelors and master´s degrees in speech and language pathology at the University of Denver.
Jennifer Stern, a partner at the Charter School Growth Fund, an organization that has awarded over $16.6 million to high-performing public charter schools including a $1.4 million grant to NCPS, brings strong general management experience in strategy consulting, venture capital and marketing to the NCPS board. She is a graduate of Pomona College and Harvard Business School.
Javier D´Agustini, Controller of California Bear Credit Union and past Controller for Honda Federal Credit Union, brings experience in governmental compliance reporting as well as 20 years of extensive auditing and accounting experience to his post on the board. He is fluent in both Spanish and Italian.
New City Public Schools offers an innovative, dual language curriculum (English-Spanish), based on constructivist theory with emphasis on bilingualism and multiculturalism, creative expression and reasoning, arts, health, community engagement and a commitment to social justice.
For more information on New City Public Schools, please visit www.newcityps.com or call (619) 533-7973.
About New City Public Schools
Since opening its doors in downtown Long Beach in 2000, New City Public Schools (NCPS) has become a singular example of innovative urban public education at its finest. No other public or private school in California offers NCPS´s exceptional combination of constructivist theory, dual immersion (English-Spanish), emphasis on the arts and commitment to social justice. With its enrollment at capacity and a waiting list of hopeful students, NCPS is embarking on a bold expansion plan to help facilitate urban education reform on a grand scale. Over the next five years, New City Public Schools plan to open four new K-8 schools and a high school in underserved communities from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles. NCPS plans to open these new campuses within a one-mile radius of the Metro Rail Blue Line. At capacity, the original NCS campus and subsequent sites will collectively educate over 2000 K-12 students from ethnically diverse communities across L.A. County. Financial support will come from a combination of public and private funding sources. New City Public Schools´ mission is to educate and empower students as they progress from Kindergarten into a four-year college.