Global Village Academy breaks ground in Parker
PARKER – Today not much is at the corner of Twenty Mile Road and Ponderosa Drive in Parker. Soon, however, the Douglas County School District’s newest charter school, Global Village Academy, will replace the empty field.
On Wednesday April 15, parents and future students gathered at the site for a groundbreaking.
“What a great day,” exclaimed Kirk Loadman-Copeland, the president of the Global Village Charter Collaborative (GVCC) Board of Directors. “This is a dream that goes back a decade.”
GVCC is a network of charter schools, known for its language immersion and core knowledge curriculum. The Douglas County location will be its fifth location in Colorado.
“We will literally get to watch this empty piece of land turn into a building that will not just house a school, but will literally house a home for all of us,” said Holly Hensey, the new school’s principal. “As we break ground on this school this is the start of an exciting time for all of us, to step up and fulfill the hopes and dreams we have for this school.”
Hensey quoted Abraham Lincoln during the ceremony, when she said. “The best way to predict the future is to create it. Well, we are doing that here at Global Village Academy.”
“I’m honored to be given the opportunity to lead this school as we mark the beginning of a future filled with incredible learning opportunities for the children of Douglas County and even beyond,” added Hensey. “ We will create happy and productive students who will, one day very soon, lead the charge into a world where they will be making a difference and impacting the lives of so many people.”
Global Village Academy plans to open as a kindergarten through fifth-grade school in August 2015 and then expand by a grade each year until it serves students through eighth grade.
Additionally, the school will offer free full day kindergarten, a fee-based preschool, and shuttle bus service from Franktown, Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Lone Tree and Highlands Ranch.
“Welcome to the beginning of this incredible journey,” Hensey said. “Today is the day that we truly begin making memories, which will become the stories of our community and families.