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PA Cyber CEO elected to serve on statewide leaders council

Jul 5, 2017

The Board of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Public Charter Schools today approved the appointment of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter CEO, Brian Hayden, to serve on its Leaders Council. 

“Brian is a welcome addition to our leadership team,” PCPCS Executive Director, Ana Meyers, said. “He brings a pragmatic, fresh perspective on behalf of the cyber charter school community.”

A Beaver County resident, Hayden was elected to serve on PA Cyber’s Board of Trustees in 2014, as its board president in 2015, and was appointed CEO in 2016. He served in faculty, advisory and administrative roles at the Community College of Beaver County until taking the reigns as CEO.

“My education background and public policy experience are a good combo for this position,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with Ana and the rest of the leadership team to deliver a strong and effective message to our state lawmakers about the importance of commonsense reform legislation and continued support for schools – because parents deserve strong options for their children’s education.”

Hayden also was legislative aide to former state Rep. Nick Colafella, who served as Chairman of the state House Education Committee, and former U.S. Rep. Ron Klink. He worked as a policy specialist for the state Department of Commerce and Economic Development, and was employed by the Beaver County Commissioners as communications director.

Meyers said Hayden joins six other newly elected and re-elected members of the leaders council, bringing membership to 19 with one additional opening to fill. He joins re-elected members Doug Allen of Tidioute Charter School in Tidioute, Beth Jones of Collegium Charter School in Exton, Marc Mannella of KIPP: Philadelphia Schools, and newly elected members Wayne Jones of Penn Hills Charter School in Verona, Stacey Prohaska of Circle of Seasons in Fogelsville, and Ron Sofo of City Charter High in Pittsburgh.

One of Hayden’s first responsibilities will be to elect seven new charter members of the board.

His first board meeting is scheduled for July 13 at School Lane Charter School in Bensalem, where members are expected, among other things, to discuss the status of the 2017-2018 state budget and its impact on charter schools.

The coalition’s mission is to advocate for reform-minded charter school laws; promote the public charter school movement; foster communication among its members to ensure that best practices and up-to-date information is shared among member schools and their staffs; support and assist members in the development of their professional managerial skills and in the advancement of public charter schools; and, establish working relationships with other education reform organizations, professional organizations and government agencies seeking to improve the quantity and quality of educational choices for parents.

With enrollment topping 10,000, PA Cyber graduated more than 1,100 students last month. Established in 2000, the school serves students in K-12 and is one of the largest, most experienced online schools in the nation.



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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.