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Note from Superintendent Swanson: Oct. 2, 2019

Dear Westminster Community,

You have all heard the phrase, “It’s an honor just to be nominated.”

It sounds kind of cliché, but that was exactly my reaction when I learned that members of the Westminster Public Schools (WPS) Board of Education were recommending that I be nominated for the Metro North Chamber of Commerce “Woman of the Year” award.

When I found out that I had won the award, I was a bit surprised and humbled and quickly let it be known that this kind of honor is truly a team effort. Like so many things in public education, no one does it alone.

Group picture with Pam Swanson and WPS staff

The more I thought about the award that came from what is traditionally viewed as a business organization the more sense it made to me that the Chamber would embrace a school district.  Business needs educators and we need the business community if our economy is to thrive and our kids are to live up to their full potential.

When Westminster Public Schools created its Vision 20/20 Strategic Plan, one of our highest priorities was to expand our Career & Technical Education (CTE) and Future Centers programs to give high school students more exposure to 21st-century job training and educational opportunities. We shared that commitment with voters as part of the mill levy override campaign that citizens approved in November of 2018.

The voter’s wise investment in our students is already paying dividends.

You may recall that last spring the Colorado Department of Education presented the District with the Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP) Award for our continuing efforts to prepare students for the all-important “Day After Graduation.”

The recognition from the state, and now the local business community sends a strong signal to employers everywhere that a diploma from Westminster Public Schools means that graduate is ready to take on the world.

That is the best award of all.

Kindest regards, 

Dr. Pamela Swanson

Superintendent of Schools