This afternoon I visited Georgetown Community School. The district was going to close this school a couple of years ago and parents decided they wanted their children to remain in town. The charter school opened in the fall of 2006 in the building previously occupied by the district elementary school.
This is one of the coolest charter school facilities in Colorado. The old part of the building, primarily the gymnasium, was constructed by the WPA in 1939. Bricks are handmade. The entire building is rich in character.
The heart of this charter school is the strong community support. Not just parents! The entire community of Georgetown is involved in this school. Today a Navy seal spoke at the assembly. Every day starts with an assembly. The principal, Rick Winter, talks about the word of the day and the quote of the day (tied in to the character education program). This is a close-knit group of staff members, parents and students.
It's encouraging to visit a school like Georgetown Community School where everyone's focus is on educating students; where people show they care about each other; where the principal respects his staff and their expertise; and where the governing board has thoughtfully made good decisions on behalf of the students.