KOSON Chief Innovation Officer Update from BOD Chair Kelly Reyna

STEM Board of Directors

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Community,

Your dedicated KOSON/STEM Board of Directors has been working hard all year long to continue our mission of Never Stop Innovating. In order for us to accomplish this, the Board truly believes that we have all the right pieces in place to continue to grow and bring our Instructional Model of Problem-Based Learning to every student.

In addition to an energetic and committed Board, we have a highly-qualified leadership team at our flagship campus that has proven to us over the last six months that they have the right pieces in place to continue to provide our students with the best possible learning experience and environment.

As was shared before break, the KOSON Chief Innovation Officer position has officially been posted and we are actively recruiting candidates for the position. The KOSON/STEM Board of Directors are excited to take these next steps and we hope that our community will be involved in the process.

The Chief Innovation Officer of KOSON Schools will exemplify the mission of Never Stop Innovating. They will be responsible for strategic vision, building stakeholder relationships, fundraising, replication, overall accountability for the KOSON Schools network, and maintaining alignment with the policies and strategic direction of the KOSON Board of Directors. The position will report directly to the KOSON Board of Directors and work to accomplish Board established yearly objectives and benchmarks.

Direct reports to the CIO will be the KOSON Shared Services team (Robert Hoornstra (Chief Operations Officer), Star Ake (Chief Financial Officer), Nicole Bostel (Communications Director), Jaquelyn Howe (Human Resources Generalist) and Mike Pritchard (IT Director)), LynAnn Kovalesky (STEM School Highlands Ranch Executive Director) and any Executive Directors of future campuses.

The KOSON Search Committee (Carla Gustafson, Ishmeet Kalra, Linda Davison, Nicole Smith, LynAnn Kovalesky, Star Ake and Nicole Bostel) has been leading the efforts around finalizing the job description (roles and responsibilities), working with HR professionals to ensure best practices, and developing the interview process.

I wanted to share the following with all of you about what you will see throughout this process over the next few months.

  • The position will be posted through the end of the month, with members of the Search Committee leading the efforts on pre screening candidates for the first round.
  • Members of the Search Committee are also working on finalizing the interview questions, evaluation forms, and training materials for all those who will be taking part in the interview process.
  • The First Round of interviews will take place during the week of January 30-February 3.
  • If you are interested in taking part in the first round of the interview process, please sign up using this form. We’ll do our best to accommodate all who would like to participate.
  • Feedback from the First Round will be compiled by the Search Committee members.
  • Top candidates will then be moved on to the Second Round to be interviewed by the KOSON Shared Services team during the week of February 6-10.
  • Feedback from the Second Round will be compiled by the Search Committee members and shared with the KOSON/STEM Board of Directors.
  • Top candidates will then be moved on to be interviewed by the KOSON/STEM Board of Directors during the week of February 13-17.
  • The top candidate will be announced by the Board following the third and final round.

I want to thank you in advance for your interest and participation in this process. We are at the ground floor of something truly amazing at STEM and I look forward to walking through this process with all of you.

Thank you,

Kelly Reyna, KOSON/STEM Board Chair

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