The Muskegon Heights Public School Academy has named a new superintendent.

Rané Garcia will replace Alena Zachery-Ross, effective July 1, 2017. At the time of her promotion, Garcia will have served as the assistant superintendent for one year.

Board President Carmella Ealom said in a press release, “We have been pleased with Mrs. Garcia’s leadership, her support of Mrs. Zachery-Ross, and the knowledge and experience she has brought to the Academy. We believe her appointment will provide the stability our staff and students need during this time of transition.”

Superintendent Zachery-Ross is leaving Muskegon Heights for Okemos Public Schools where she will hold the same title.

Garcia said she has fond memories of her childhood in Muskegon Heights and is eager to serve the students and staff.

“These are some of the best and brightest students I have met in my career," she said in the release. "They deserve to have greater opportunities and options. I am excited to work with the partners and community to provide these opportunities, empowering Muskegon Heights students to reach their personal goals and dreams.”

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