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Vail Daily column: Stone Creek headed in right direction

Stone Creek Charter School Board of Directors
Valley Voices

Stone Creek Charter School has recently relocated its western campus to the US Bank building located in the Airport Gateway Business Center near Costco. This move is another step along the successful road that our school has chosen to provide an exceptional education as a school of choice to families up and down the valley. Ideally located at the interface of Eagle and Gypsum, the new location is convenient for families in both communities. From our initial opening in Avon in 2006, Stone Creek Charter School has met the challenges of building a highly effective curriculum, building enrollment, acquiring facilities and coping with the shrinking state budgets that have affected all public schools. Many individuals, organizations and towns have helped us succeed. Our thanks to the towns of Avon and Gypsum, the Gracious Savior Lutheran Church and the Edwards Interfaith Foundation for their help and flexibility in meeting our needs.

The Stone Creek Charter School board of directors expresses special thanks and gratitude to Michael Barry and Glenn Heelan, who individually and through companies they owned provided essential financial support when the school had to leave the Avon site. At that time, the school was having difficulty relocating. They provided storage space for desks, chairs and other school supplies while the school sought another location to conduct classes. They generously purchased and relocated the modular building to a storage site for future use and made available the initial Gypsum campus at a rent based on student count that fit within the school’s tight budget. These generous efforts, in addition to their commitment to providing a quality education to the children of Eagle County, were essential to the survival of Stone Creek Charter School. Without their help, we would not have been able to maintain the upvalley operations in Edwards nor establish the initial Gypsum Campus. Thank you Michael and Glenn for your selfless sacrifice and your generous efforts on behalf of Stone Creek Charter School.

We also thank the many contractors and parents that helped make renovations affordable and complete for the opening of the 2013-14 school year. In particular, we express gratitude to Ago Studios, Arch Electric, Architectural Engineering Consultants, Castle Peak Plumbing, Commercial Specialists of Western Colorado, Great Divide Construction, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Shaner Life Safety, TNT Specialty Constructors and the town of Gypsum building inspector.

Stone Creek Charter School is the only independent public school in Eagle County and is authorized and overseen directly and exclusively by the Charter School Institute, which reports to the Colorado Department of Education. Relocation of the western campus provides an exciting opportunity for Stone Creek Charter School to expand and grow. For the 2013-14 school year, Stone Creek Charter School will provide education to students in kindergarten through eighth grade at two campus locations in Edwards and the new location in Gypsum. Stone Creek Charter School welcomes all students into our school and provides programs that enhance learning for all types of students. As an independent charter school, Stone Creek Charter School is able to take creative and flexible approaches to curriculum content and currently employs the Core Knowledge Curriculum as the centerpiece of our educational program. Upper school students (fifth through eighth grade) utilize laptop computers to access the Google Education Chrome platform for enhanced educational activities. A vision for the future includes development of a high school where a college preparatory curriculum and a curriculum focused on career technical education would be offered. School administrators and teachers work tirelessly and continuously to provide students with an outstanding education as evidenced by results on state achievement exams. Parents have entrusted Stone Creek Charter School with their children’s education and have volunteered for countless activities to ensure continued success of the school. We thank them.

To all who have helped make Stone Creek Charter School successful, we are grateful for your support and express a sincere “thank you.” Stone Creek Charter School believes that every child has within them the possibility for greatness, which will be nurtured through a learning environment that is provocative, stimulating, interactive, inspirational, thought-provoking, challenging and bold! Our students become self-motivated, competent and lifelong learners who can change the world. Our mission is to achieve this outcome for each and every student, and your help makes this vision possible.

The Stone Creek Charter School board of directors is Yvonne Dodds, Mitzi Forrester, Tammy Humphries, Kevin Kromer, Marisa Schifanelli, Susan Tulk, August Wittenberg and Ronald Wolfe.

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