Update on CCA's Future Executive Director

Latest Updates on search for new Executive Director:


07/20/2018
As part of Executive Director Recruitment process, the Board is excited to interview Ann Schultz for the Executive Director position on July 24th from 6:00-7:30 p.m in the CCA Cafeteria. Her cover letter and resume can be found here
 
The interview will be an open board meeting and we encourage you to attend.  If you would like to submit a question for the Board to ask the candidates, please email Andrea Evashevski by Sunday, July 22nd.  The Board will be reviewing the questions submitted and putting together an interview guide for the interview. We strongly encourage you to submit any and all questions for Ann Schultz, but please be aware that the Board may be unable to include all submitted questions during the open board meeting on July 24th. Please also note that all questions will be asked by board members exclusively, including those submitted by the CCA community.
 
The CCA Board is committed to finding the best fit for our school and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Tuesday, July 24th.  

The Board will communicate future interviews as and when they are scheduled.


07/17/2018
The search committee has interviewed 5 candidates and selected 2 finalists for in-person interviews. The recruiter is working with these finalists to get the interviews scheduled before the end of July. Once the logistics are known, an email will go out to the CCA community.  The final interview process will be an open board meeting that members of the CCA community are always welcome to attend. A special thanks to the search committee and the time they have invested over the summer during this process.

06/29/2018
The committee was pleasantly surprised to learn our recruiter had some potentially viable candidates with whom to begin the interview process in July. While we would welcome hiring a new leader for the upcoming school year, we are committed to finding the very best fit for CCA which may take an additional school year.  The committee is looking to go through first round interviews to see if there are any candidates to move to the next stage in the process.  Look for an update in the July 17th Eagle. 

06/19/2018  
Since the announcement of Jay Cerny’s retirement, the Board has been actively working on recruiting an Executive Director for CCA.  The Board will provide periodic updates on the recruitment effort. Please note that given strength of CCA brand, solid financials, and being in a charter friendly state, the Board believes that CCA will be able to attract strong candidates.

 

 

  • During June’s Board’s meeting, the Board approved hiring a search firm to help with this process.
  • A search committee comprising of 2 Board Members, 3 Parents, and 4 CCA admin / teachers has been formed. The goal of the search committee is to vet the current candidate pool and identify the top candidates that would eventually be considered by the Board for the Executive Director position.
  • Timing of hire: Depending on the pool of candidates currently being reviewed, it is possible that we will be able to fill the position by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. However, if the current pool of candidates does not contain top-tier candidates, the search committee will begin the search process over during the 2018-19 school year. The Board and CCA administration are prepared to handle both of these scenarios.

 

If you have any questions, please email board@cherrycreekacademy.org


A Letter From CCA's Former Principal/CEO,
Mr. Jay Cerny

Good Morning Beloved CCA Community:
 
Over the past seven years, I have felt so incredibly fortunate to serve as Principal/CEO of our wonderful school, Cherry Creek Academy.  I truly do love this school.
 
There does, however, come a point in everyone’s life when they have to contemplate what the next chapter looks like. For me, that next chapter will begin August 1st.
 
I have a medical condition that is made worse by stress and I am going to heed the advice of my doctors and retire at the end of this current school year.
 
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to lead. I have made so many wonderful connections with so many of the amazing members of the CCA family. The students in this school are the daily reminder of why we do what we do.  I will always consider my years at CCA the highlight of my 30+ year long career.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jay Cerny
Principal/CEO Cherry Creek Academy



A Letter From CCA's Board President, 
Vaidee Mahadevan


Cherry Creek Academy Community,
 
It is with both appreciation and sadness that we announce Mr. Jay Cerny will retire at the end of this 2017-18 school year.
 
During his seven years as principal, Mr. Cerny elevated our school by focusing on our mission - “Motivated students and responsible parents working together with exemplary teachers for excellent education.”   During his tenure, the school’s academic standards and performance have had tremendous growth, CCA’s reputation in the charter school community is top-notch, the CCA facilities have been through significant improvements, and our financial position is secure and strong.  Mr. Cerny has been an exemplary leader to our teachers and a great mentor for the administrative team.   Mr. Cerny is leaving the school in a much better place than when he entered and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.
 
The CCA Board and current administrative team have been working on a path forward to maintain our continued growth and high academic standards.  The CCA board is going to start a search for a new leader to continue and build upon our excellent standards.  In the interim, we are confident in Mrs. Mahan, Mr. Hargreaves and Mr. Loomis’ ability to lead the school, along with the rest of our administrative team and wonderful teaching staff.
 
We welcome people to attend our upcoming board meeting on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 6:00pm in the school library to hear an update.  We have also provided a FAQ to help answer some of your questions.
 
Sincerely,
 
Vaidee Mahadevan
Cherry Creek Academy Board President, on Behalf of the CCA Board


Frequently Asked Questions


Who will run the school in Mr. Cerny’s absence?
Over the last year, CCA’s leadership team has been strengthened by adding the Assistant Principals over the Middle School (Mrs. Annemarie Mahan) and Elementary School (Mr. Travis Hargreaves) to provide support to the teachers and day-to-day management of the school.  Mr. Dave Loomis, with his considerable experience, will remain as Dean of Students. Members of the Board of Directors will also be available to help, as required, during this transition period.

When will we have a new Director/CEO?
The Board of Directors will be looking to hire a recruiting firm to help us find top-tier candidates.  Our goal is to have a new Director/CEO in place before the 2019-20 school year. The process must be flexible but this is our best estimate.

Where will you search for a new Director/CEO?
The search committee will cast a nationwide net in an effort to secure the best leader possible to maintain CCA’s success and continue our growth.  CCA is a mature charter school with a wonderful reputation in the industry and Colorado is charter-friendly so we expect to see a good number of candidates once the search becomes public.  

Who is on the search committee?
The search committee will be formed as soon as possible and will include Board members, parents, administration and staff.   

How will CCA community members know what is going on during the process?
The search committee will post updates in the Eagle and on the CCA website as the search and selection process moves forward.  Updates will also be given during monthly Board meetings – see calendar for dates.

Update on Search for New Executive Director
Since the announcement of Jay Cerny’s retirement, the Board has been actively working on recruiting an Executive Director for CCA. The Board will provide periodic updates on the recruitment effort. Please note that given strength of CCA brand, solid financials, and being in a charter friendly state, the Board believes that CCA will be able to attract strong candidates.
 
During June’s Board’s meeting, the Board approved hiring a search firm to help with this process.
A search committee comprising of 2 Board Members, 3 Parents, and 4 CCA admin / teachers has been formed. The goal of the search committee is to vet the current candidate pool and identify the top candidates that would eventually be considered by the Board for the Executive Director position.
Timing of hire: Depending on the pool of candidates currently being reviewed, it is possible that we will be able to fill the position by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. However, if the current pool of candidates does not contain top-tier candidates, the search committee will begin the search process over during the 2018-19 school year. The Board and CCA administration are prepared to handle both of these scenarios.
 
If you have any questions, please email: 
board@cherrycreekacademy.org