By Dwight D. Jones
August 15, 2008
More than 800 staff members from Adams 14 School District gathered at the Mile High Event Center to listen to Commissioner Jones and others at the kick-off event for the new school year.
Peering through the darkness of the Mile High Event Center in Commerce City, with a single spotlight on his face, Superintendent Dr. John Lange addressed more than 800 employees on hand to kick-off the 2008-2009 school year. With his school board also in support on stage, it was easy to see why Lange has been in the superintendent’s seat for 11 years. He believes his employees make a difference in the lives of their students. Every employee – from English teachers to bus drivers, from principals to cooks – everyone was invited to celebrate a school year of new beginnings and new opportunities.
Lange said through the years it’s been easy for him to distinguish, “Who is for kids and who is just kidding?” He believes he is part of a district that “is for kids.” Here are a few quick facts about Adams County School District 14:
- It’s the 20th largest district in Colorado
- The district serves a population of 25,000 people in 52 square miles
- There are seven elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools and two preschool centers
- The district has posted overall achievement gains in seven of the last eight years
- Every classroom has one or more modern computers fully linked to the Internet, making Adams 14 one of the most technologically advanced school districts in the state.
It was a privilege to visit Adams 14 and share some of my experiences as an educator, administrator and a father. It is great to be able to partner with a district like Adams 14. They’ve said “we can and we will.” They realize how all the pieces come together in educating our children. They realize this is an exciting time of year, with so much possibility and hope. They understand that a child’s first day of school begins before that student enters the classroom. It begins with the bus ride, or a conversation with the receptionist. The feeling a youngster has on the first day of school has a tremendous impact on that student for the rest of the school year. I’m confident from the many faces I saw today that the employees, staff and teachers at Adams 14 know the impact they have on their students.