Eucker unexpectedly resigns as KOSON charter CEO

STEM to continue efforts to open new schools

McKenna Harford
mharford@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/13/22

Dr. Penny Eucker, the head of charter network KOSON, which includes STEM Highlands Ranch, unexpectedly retired in the midst of efforts to open two new schools in Sterling Ranch and Denver.

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Eucker unexpectedly resigns as KOSON charter CEO

STEM to continue efforts to open new schools

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The head of charter network KOSON, which includes STEM Highlands Ranch, unexpectedly retired in the midst of efforts to open two new schools in Sterling Ranch and Denver.

KOSON CEO Dr. Penny Eucker stepped down from her role on June 30, sending a resignation letter to the STEM Board of Directors. Eucker had been named to the KOSON CEO role earlier this year.

In a July 3 email to parents, Board President Kelly Reyna said the letter was a surprise to the board and community.

“I understand that there will be many questions in the coming weeks, and the STEM board will work through the details in due time,” Reyna wrote.

Nicole Bostel, spokesperson for STEM, said the board named Dr. Karen Johnson to serve as interim CEO. Johnson has been with STEM for seven years and was most recently the director of curriculum and accountability.

Bostel said Johnson will continue to focus on the efforts to open two new schools. 

“Dr. Eucker has led STEM from the brink of closure in its infancy, to become one of the top schools in the state. She leaves STEM in great hands,” a statement from STEM said.

STEM Highlands Ranch, Douglas County schools, charter school, KOSON

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