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News Release - Jones Schedule Week of December 7, 2010

Dec. 7, 2010

News Release

Schedule for Commissioner Jones, Dec. 7 - 13

Thursday, Dec. 9

The commissioner will participate in an event with Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. to honor schools given Centers of Excellence Awards and districts that have been rated “Accredited with Distinction” in the new accountability system.

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: CDE, 201 E. Colfax Ave., Lobby, Denver

Commissioner Jones will travel to Cheraw for a school district visit to Cheraw School District 31.

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Cheraw School District 31, 110 Lakeview Ave., Cheraw

Friday, Dec. 10

The commissioner will make Fountain-Fort Carson School District Eight his final district visit.

Location: Fountain-Fort Carson School District Eight, 10665 Jimmy Camp Road, Fountain


  • 11:30 a.m. – Lunch with the Pikes Peak Area Superintendents, District Board Room

  • 1 p.m. – Weikel Elementary School, 6565 Lindstrom St., Colorado Springs

  • 2:15 p.m. Lorraine Secondary School, 301 East Iowa, Fountain

  • 3 p.m. – Reception, District Administration Building

School District Visits

The commissioner’s district visit to Fountain-Fort Carson School District Eight will be his 155th district visit in his three years as Commissioner of Education. Shortly after taking on the role of commissioner, Jones announced he would try to visit every school district in Colorado. While he fell short of his goal by 23, the commissioner feels fortunate he’s been able to get out and discover firsthand what’s going on in individual school districts and see how CDE efforts are manifested in the field.

“As I visit school districts around the state and as I chat with superintendents and others in the entire education community, I can tell you that the way we are perceived has shifted in a fundamental way,” said Commissioner Jones. “The department is now viewed as a resource—and a responsive one, too. We listen to district needs, we speak with one coordinated voice and we have helped lead the charge for the kinds of reform that will make a lasting difference in the quality of the learning experience around the state. That’s why we’re all here, after all.”

Monday, Dec. 13

In his final day as commissioner, Jones will jointly host a celebration of the Campaign to End Childhood Hunger with Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. and Lieutenant Gov. Barbara O’Brien. Winners of the School Breakfast Challenge will be announced and there will be a briefing on the five-year strategic plan.

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Location: CDE, 201 E. Colfax Ave., Lobby, Denver

The commissioner will attend the Colorado Legacy Foundation board meeting.

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: Daniels Fund, 101 Monroe St., Denver

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