Rev. Jimmy Womack, MD, president of the Detroit Board of Education, today issued the following statement in praise of William F. Coleman’s contributions as superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools:
“I want to thank Mr. William F. Coleman III for his years of service to our school district. In nearly two years as superintendent, Coleman took many steps to move the District forward. Under his watch, MEAP scores went up, as did ACT scores. He introduced the middle college program, in which high school students take college classes at Wayne County Community College. He spearheaded the campaign to pass a law that permits single-gender public schools.
Coleman worked aggressively to make our schools safer. He doubled the size of the District’s police force and ensured that the force became a fully accredited law enforcement agency. The increase in the police force has significantly increased response times. Coleman consistently sought ways to make the District operate more efficiently and more fiscally responsible. I am proud to have known him and to have worked closely with him. I wish him well as he begins another phase of his illustrious career.”
About the Detroit Public Schools
The Detroit Public Schools, founded in 1842, is one of the nation’s largest public school systems. Detroit Public Schools is a school district of choice and is open to children who live outside the city. The District offers numerous competitive academic and career technical programs.
Among these world-class programs are the Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School, Michigan’s only public school of its kind; Davis Aerospace, one of few college prep high schools in the country where students can obtain a pilot’s license; the Detroit School of the Arts, a multiple award winning performing arts high school; and Crockett Technical High School, a digital technology high school.
For more information about the District, visit our website at www.detroitk12.org.