OPENING DAY CEREMONY
The Crestone Charter School is culminating a specific, momentous three-journey of seeing the completion of a new, permanent School building. The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is being held on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 10 AM. Heralded by Shumei’s Taiko Drummers, students, teachers and families will be joined by out-of-town guests and helpers from the League of Charter Schools, the Colorado Department of Education, DSI Construction and the offices of Harry Teague Architects to share in the celebration and witness the Ribbon Cutting. Slicing through that Ribbon, which represents a profound milestone in the School’s seventeen year history, will be it’s first graduating class of the new building. The Senior Class of 2013 include Molly Roth, Huitzi Diaz, Trevor Storm and Zac Potter. Each student has spent his or her entire K-12 career at the Crestone Charter School.
When the Colorado Department of Education announced it would begin a special capital construction effort under the “BEST” (Building Excellent Schools Today) department in August 2008 the CCS community mobilized to apply for a grant in the Spring 2009 funding cycle.
Every step forward from there has been marked by hugely successful collaboration between the School and the Town of Crestone, the Moffat School District, the CDE and even the Attorney General’s office. Hundreds of community members gave their time in the three-year effort to see the School built. And positive collaboration marked the efforts of HTA architects,
The conversations that students and teachers had with architect Harry Teague three years ago from inside their modular trailer classrooms out on County Road T are now vividly alive in the classrooms and common spaces of the new building. The values of parents and community members to see that sustainable energy systems be central to the design of the school are now in place. All of the School’s electrical use during the day will be drawn from the Sun via a 100 panel PV system. This will result in enormous financial savings for the school over the years to come, and also makes significant environmental impact. Every year that the School’s solar system operates is equivalent to preventing 16 tons of coal from being mined.
While the School continues to serve it’s Charter Mission with accountability to the Moffat District and the Sate of Colorado, it is perhaps most uniquely dedicated to serving its local roots with environmental education, arts programming, and a spirited commitment to continued self-examination about what serves children best. What is the most inspired, most effective, most creative approach to learning that we can take?
Our involved and active parent community doesn’t always agree. But it is the School’s commitment to being in this dialogue, asking the hard questions, that continues to mark the program’s course forward. Now, having completed the terms of its contract with Moffat District to “have land and a plan” for building a new facility by June 2010, the program is eligible to operate it’s Charter through 2035 from its new location at 330 Lime Avenue.