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Cherry Creek Schools bus tour an enlightening, eye-opening experience
Did you know that the Cherry Creek School District covers 108 square miles?  Or that it stretches from County Line Road on the south to Alameda on the north, and from Clarkson on the west, to five mile east of Gun Club Road?
 
That came as a surprise to some of the parents and community members who took a bus tour of the district on Oct. 12, which was sponsored by the Cherry Creek Community Legislative Network and the Long Range Facility Planning Committee.
 
“I’m amazed how big the area is,” said parent Jim Clark, who has a daughter at Smoky Hill High School and enjoyed the opportunity to visit two of the newest schools in the district; the Institute of Science and Technology on the Overland-Prairie Campus, which opened in August, and Pine Ridge Elementary near the Southlands Mall, which opened in 2010.
 
“The school is very well-organized, the staff members are friendly, the kids are happy and well-disciplined,” Clark said of Pine Ridge.
 
One purpose of the bus tour is to show district residents how the funds they approved in the 2008 bond election were used to build new schools and renovate older schools.
Parent Debra Ford, who is a CCSD graduate and now has children at Laredo Middle School and Smoky Hill High School, was impressed by the district’s commitment to energy efficiency.
 
“The district has embraced ‘green,’” said Ford of the materials and systems that save the district thousands of dollars annually in energy costs, and also make buildings more comfortable for teaching and learning.  “I found that amazing.”
 
Canyon Creek parent Mitzi Tolman was impressed by the information presented by Chief Financial Officer Guy Bellville, and Director of Planning Angela McCain, about how carefully the district manages its financial resources and plans for future growth.
 
“We really are thinking about where we build schools and how we spend taxpayer dollars,” said Tolman.  “It was very in-depth.”
 
The Cherry Creek Community Legislative Network is a non-partisan committee promoting awareness of education issues, legislation and the legislative process. The group will host a breakfast with CCSD legislators at 7:30 a.m. on Wed., Nov. 9 at the Student Achievement Resource Center, 14188 E. Briarwood Ave., Centennial, 80112. Everyone is welcome!
 
The Long Range Facility Planning Committee is made up of district employees and community members who make long range planning recommendations to the Board of Education.​
Posted 10/26/2011 2:09 PM
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