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Local educator is finalist to head Charter School Institute

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EAGLE COUNTY – A local principal is one of three finalists to head Colorado’s Charter School Institute.

Stone Creek Charter School headmaster John Brendza is one of three candidates picked from a field of more than 90 applicants. The other two are Venture Prep charter school chief executive officer Stephen Dalla Betta and CSI interim executive director Ethan Hemming.

Brendza and the other finalists are scheduled to be interviewed by CSI’s board of directors next week. They’re scheduled to select their new executive director early next month, said CSI board of directors Chairman Wayne Eckerling.

Brendza joined Stone Creek Charter School as headmaster in 2009. Authorized by the Charter School Institute, the K-8 school was founded in 2006 and serves 140 students. Brendza also works as a leadership consultant for JB Consulting in Gypsum. He previously served as superintendent (2003-2007) and assistant superintendent (2001-2003) of Eagle County Schools and principal of Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards (1996-2003). Brendza started his career as a teacher in Minturn. Brendza holds master’s degrees from the University of Denver and Adams State College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.

The Charter School Institute was created by the Colorado Legislature in 2004 and is the state authorizer for 22 independent charter schools. Those schools enroll a combined 10,500 students.

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