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PA Cyber Board accepts Conti resignation, appoints interim CEO

Jul 18, 2016

The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School Board of Trustees today announced it has accepted at its regular monthly meeting the resignation offered by CEO Michael J. Conti.

“Mike has captained our ship through smooth and rough waters, and kept us on course for the past several years,” Board President Brian Hayden said. “We are grateful to him for his leadership throughout this time, and wish him well as he pursues new opportunities and challenges.”

Effective immediately, the board announced sitting Chief Operations Officer, Nicole Granito, will serve as acting CEO, providing a seamless transition as the board assesses appropriate means to appoint a full-time replacement for Conti.

“As our current chief operations officer, Nicole is a hands-on executive with the chops and savvy to take charge,” Hayden said. “She intimately understands the day-to-day operations of the school, as well as our mission. She is an exemplary steward for our students and Pennsylvania taxpayers.”

Hayden said the board is committed to a smooth transition that will pave the way to meeting the school’s many goals, including enhancing accountability policies, fostering open communications among teachers and employees, bolstering advocacy on behalf of the school, and rededicating efforts to improving student success.

Granito has been with PA Cyber more than a decade, and has served in several capacities, including as senior administrator, prior to having been appointed chief operations officer. Hayden said he has every confidence in her and the PA Cyber leadership team.

“We are in great hands as we move forward into what we are confident is a very bright future for our school and our students,” Hayden said.

Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is a public school that marries proven academic methodologies with modern technology to offer a compelling alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar public schools for K-12 students across Pennsylvania.  The school served 500 K-12 students in 2000 and this year graduated nearly 1,300 seniors out of a 10,000-strong student body. 

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Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.