Confluence Board of Directors hires new principal for CPA
Confluence Board of Directors hires new principal for CPA
Posted on 04/23/2014
Titan logoThe Board of Directors of Confluence Charter Schools has hired a new principal for Confluence Preparatory Academy for 2014-2015.

M PowersMichael Powers will serve as principal of CPA. He will replace Dr. Chester Bluette, current principal of CPA, who announced his plans for retirement in February. Powers was recommended to the Board by an interview committee consisting of representation from staff and students at CPA.

Powers has 13 years of experience as the principal of North County Technical High School in the Special School District of St. Louis County. North Tech, a comprehensive high school, has nearly 30 technical and career training programs. Powers’ responsibilities included budget planning, student recruitment, and developing and monitoring its Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP). Under his leadership, North Tech met proficiency rates in areas of achievement, subgroup achievement, attendance, graduation rate, and career and college readiness in 2012 and 2013.

“The Board is pleased to have Michael Powers join us as the principal at Confluence Preparatory Academy,” said Sonya Henry, chair, Confluence Board of Directors. “We are confident that he will strengthen and prepare our students, staff and school for the future.”

“Powers offers a unique opportunity for our students and our career and technical education program at CPA. We believe he will bring enthusiasm, compassion and care to our students and staff,” said Rob Goldson, Board member.

Powers has 36 years of education experience in the St. Louis area. He was as an assistant principal at Normandy Middle School in the Normandy School District, and an assistant principal at an alternative high school within SSD. He began his career as a teacher working with students with diverse educational needs such as behavior supports and specific learning disabilities.

“I like working with high school students. I’m interested and excited in bringing what I know from my experience at North Tech to Confluence Preparatory Academy,” said Powers.

“I want the students to have a great education. I want to prepare them for post-secondary options and make sure they’re ready for college and career,” he continued. “I want students to be productive and to have a great experience at CPA that they can look back on and remember well.”

Powers has a Bachelor of Science in special education from University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned a master’s degree in education administration and an educational specialist degree, both from University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is a graduate of Riverview Gardens High School.