The school was built in 120 days by Bauma Construction. Bauma does most of the NHA schools.
A key player in getting this new charter school in Reunion is Steve Ormiston from Shea Homes. After the failed 2005 school bond election, Mr. Ormiston worked with families in the community to create a charter school.
This is the 54th school for NHA, but its first in Colorado. They have charter schools primarily in Michigan, but in a total of seven states. NHA was started by J.C. Huizenga. (He's to the far right in this picture.) NHA has an excellent reputation in states where they operate charter schools. Parent and staff satisfaction routinely rank high. Almost all NHA schools perform well academically. The NHA model emphasized academic achievement and character development.
The person in the photo who is addressing the crowd is Merlin Holmes, the director of Partner Relations for NHA. Merlin is a former charter school Principal and one of the wisest men I know. He plans to start more NHA charter schools in Colorado. If Landmark turns out to be anything like the other NHA schools, and there is every indication it will be great, then we can definitely expect more new NHA charter schools in our state.