I can't resist writing more on a couple of our great charter schools. The Coloradoan reported Ridgeview Classical Schools and Liberty Common School getting the national Charter School of the Year Award at: http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070518/OPINION01/705180334
There are many incredible people involved in these schools! I first met Kim Miller and the other Ridgeview Classical founders in 2000 when they were conducting research on their school design. As with many phenomenal schools, Ridgeview found some awesome leaders: Terrence Moore, Don Carpine, Peggy Schunck, Kim Miller, Laurel Van Maren and others.
Likewise, Liberty Common School immediately rose to a level of success under the masterful guidance of Dr. Kathryn Knox. The school is now led by Russ Spicer, a principal who leads the school to fulfilling the original vision. Others who have greatly contributed to Liberty's success are: Maureen Schaffer, Randy Everett, Cindy Paben Johnson, Craig Horton, Tim Ricketts, Valerie Pericante and the Kast's. Last fall Liberty celebrated their 10-year anniversary. This year 100% of Liberty's 3rd grade students were proficient or advanced on the Reading CSAP.
Both of these schools consistently hold high expectations for their students. School is hard work for students at Ridgeview and Liberty! The parents, students, staff, governing board members and administration at these two schools deserve this special recognition they received this week!