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GOAL Academy Board Names Richard Mestas Sole Finalist for Executive Director

Pueblo,Colorado (PR MediaRelease) February 8, 2017

GOAL Academy, the state’s largest alternative-education charter school, announced at its January 31 Board Meeting that Interim Executive Director Richard Mestas has been named sole finalist for the position of Executive Director by the Board of Directors.

Mestas has served as GOAL’s Interim Executive Director since July 2016, and has been employed by GOAL Academy since 2010. During his tenure and in his role as the Senior Director of Academic Achievement, he has lead GOAL to a “Performance” rating in the 2016 AEC School Performance Framework (SPF) report from the Colorado Department of Education.

“Richard’s professional qualifications, dedication to GOAL and its faculty, and passion for our students and their families made him the ideal candidate to lead the school and its community well into the future,” said Debbie Rose, the president of GOAL’s Board of Directors.

“He has successfully worked with the Board, school administration and faculty, and District 49 to guide GOAL through a transition period marked by academic gains, leadership and staff changes, and financial and management accountability improvements. GOAL Academy and its students are stronger and better prepared because of his leadership and management of the school.”

Mestas majored in Biology and Chemistry and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Colorado. He earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Human Resources from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Mestas has served as a National Council of La Raza Fellow, participating in the National Institute for Latino School Leaders cooperative. He has focused his career in public education on creating opportunities for success for students of all abilities.

“I want to thank the Board for this opportunity. GOAL Academy is an amazing and important school that touches every region and major community across Colorado. Every day, we have the opportunity to change our students’ lives for the better and prepare them to be productive members of society,” Mestas said. “I look forward to working with our amazing team to continue improving the education and lives of so many Colorado high schoolers—and to be leaders in how we educate our state’s students.”

This announcement initiated a 14-day waiting period, during which public comment will be accepted. GOAL encourages the public to participate in this process by reaching out to the Board by email at

In addition, GOAL will host a meet and greet with Richard Mestas on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pueblo Mall GOAL learning center at 3429 Dillon Drive, Suite E-13. Refreshments will be served.


Danny Sáenz / 719-252-7077

Bill Ray / 303-885-1881

GOAL Academy is all about kids succeeding—equipping them with life skills and preparing them for the workforce, for post-secondary education and beyond. Our blended-learning high school serves students in grades 9-12 with both online and face-to-face instruction at 28 locations across Colorado. We are the state’s largest alternative-education program and, in fact, the largest public school of any kind in the state. We provide an opportunity to succeed for students who have few options. For the nearly 3,800 students enrolled statewide in GOAL Academy, our unique program represents their best hope for a high school education and a brighter future. For more information about GOAL, please visit us online at

William Ray


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