Widefield and Peyton School Districts received "Honorable Mention" for the 2017 Magna Awards at the National School Board Association (NSBA) conference on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
The Magna Awards recognize innovation school programs supported by board governance. Both school districts were recognized for their unique partnership in creating the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MILL) which will house manufacturing and construction career pathways for students in the Pikes Peak region.
Here is the write up from the NSBA Journal:
A rural and suburban school district, located nearly 30 miles apart, came together to form a partnership that will not only help the state's workforce, but provide a solution to the current school funding crisis in Colorado. Peyton School District 23 began offering state-of-the-art woodworking manufacturing classes, which attracted the attention of Scott Campbell, Widefield superintendent. At first, Widefield students drove to Peyton to participate, then the district provided transportation and Wi-Fi so students could do classwork during the commute. The two districts entered into a partnership through the Peyton/Widefield Vocational Education Campus, which is housed in a 46,000-square-foot building located south of the Colorado Spring Airport.
The MILL opens in August 2017. For more information on the MILL, visit themillco.org