This afternoon principal Dr. Gary Stueven at Platte River Academy hosted a district-wide celebration for the Douglas County schools that had earned the John J Irwin School of Excellence award in 2006 or 2007. In addition to receiving a framed certificate, award winners received a banner for both inside and outside their buildings, which look much like the banners awarded by the Governor's office until a few years ago.
When the John Irwin Schools of Excellence program began in 2000, then-Governor Owens put on a big celebration and schools received a banner and a $5,000 check. A few years later there was only the banner. Around 2005 even the banners stopped. Many schools in Colorado have a series of these banners and are quite proud, and rightly so, for having earned this distinguished award. The Irwin award goes only to the top 8% of public schools in the state. It's very competitive and hard to earn in multiple years.
Platte River Academy parent, and Channel 7 anchor Theresa Marchetta, served as the emcee during the presentation of awards. Dougco Superintendent Jim Christensen and numerous senior staff members were in attendance for the celebration. State Representative Frank McNulty and Superintendent Christensen both addressed participants. Watch Channel 7 news at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. or 10 p.m. for coverage of this event.
Congratulations to American Academy, Platte River Academy and Parker Core Knowledge, the charter schools in Douglas County earning the John Irwin School of Excellence award in both 2006 and 2007! You're awesome!