BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSONCOMMUNITY EDITOR
Celebrating 65 years of service to the Republican Party and the community
Since Cherry Creek Republican Women (CCRW) was formed 65 years ago by Republican women who volunteered for the newly formed Cherry Creek School District, it was fitting that Scott Siegfried, PhD and superintendent of the district be keynote speaker. His career has spanned decades of teaching, coaching and various administrative positions beginning at Eaglecrest High School. He earned his Master’s Degree and teaching certificate from the University of Colorado and his PhD from the University of Denver.
Before he began his presentation, Dr. Siegfried joked that he always attended CCRW meetings when his friend and former classmate (18th Judicial District) DA George Brauchler spoke, but where was he today?
Cherry Creek School District, celebrating its 69th year, is being talked about around the country. With 9,000 employees, it’s a $1 billion business – thoughtful and purposeful! Forbes just named it the #8 employer. “We want to raise good kids and give them the tools,” said Dr. Siegfried. “The vision is: Dedicated to Excellence.” There are 42 elementary schools, 11 middle schools and eight high schools in the district. “We offer specific ways to meet specific needs of students to take them forward in the best way.” What’s new in the district includes: Elevation Academy – the first online high school, Cherry Creek Innovative Campus – pathway with specific skills and a magnet – Challenge School. “The district has changed significantly with growth and diversity and still has high achievement. Cherry Creek leads the way in innovative teaching. We don’t want our students to feel they are going to school in a prison. We are proud to have a staff of psychologists and a nurse in every building.” There is a Future Forward strategic plan consisting of three elements: structural, work force and operational and a continued desire to reach out in to the community and keep students safe – psychologically and physically. There is a teacher shortage, so recruiting and retaining is important. The district is just about built out spanning 108 square miles.”We have to take care of our existing schools and always think and look ahead for our students.” Students who attend Cherry Creek Schools are from all over the world and speak 150 languages. There are task forces that welcome volunteers.
At each monthly meeting, CCRW has a community service project. September had dual projects: collecting backpacks for Native American school children and “passing the basket” for the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation, a 501 c 3 dedicated to impacting all Cherry Creek School District students.
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