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Orange County Preparatory Academy Announces New Principal

Orlando, FL, May 31, 2018 --( After a six month search, the Orange County Preparatory
Academy (OCPA) Governing Board and Charter School Associates are pleased to introduce Jeff Higgins
as the new Principal.

Jeff comes to OCPA from nearby Arbor Ridge K-8 School in Orlando where he served as Assistant
Principal. Taking the helm at OCPA, Jeff replaces Mrs. Melonee Ferguson who has served since January
as the school's Interim Principal, having been promoted from the Assistant Principal position at OCPA.

Mike Strader, President of Charter School Associates (the Education Service Provider for OCPA),
commented, “We could not be more excited to bring Jeff Higgins on board. Jeff's passion for educating
all children and his knowledge of our community makes him an excellent choice to lead OCPA.” Passion
and energy are fitting words to describe Mr. Higgins, who has not only been an administrator at Arbor
Ridge, but has also served in similar roles at Union Park Elementary and Freedom High School - both in
Orange County. Jeff even spent a 3 year stint playing professional football in the Arena Football League
with the Albany Conquest.

Jeff Higgins is arriving at Orange County Prep at a pivotal time. The school just opened a new building
on campus a year ago to allow for future expansion and recently announced plans to expand its gifted
academic offerings. OCPA places a high value on meeting the needs of all learners and recently
recognized an opportunity to increase the access and offerings within the Gifted Program. With a new
Voluntary Pre-K Program starting next year and a dynamic leader like Mr. Higgins coming on board,
OCPA is poised to really excel.

Orange County Prep will announce a Meet and Greet to provide the community an opportunity to
welcome their new principal in the coming days.

About Orange County Preparatory Academy

Orange County Preparatory Academy (OCPA) is a K-8 public charter school managed and operated by
Charter School Associates, Inc. (CSA). CSA manages a total of twenty-three Florida-based charter

OCPA recently added a new 20,000 square foot classroom building resulting in a total capacity of 900+
students in grades K-8. Students attending OCPA have access to computer labs, science labs, new
classroom facilities and a gymnasium. Page private school formerly occupied the site but after closing its
doors in 2013, OCPA completely revamped the school to make a home for the area's first tuition-free
public charter school offering a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focused curriculum.

Information about this charter school is available at or at 407-440-9293.


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