Long-time Board of Education member and president Aagje Barber was honored for her strong and thoughtful leadership and dedicated service to Cherry Creek Schools during a community celebration held Oct. 6 at Laredo Middle School. Barber is term-limited and will step down from the board in November. Her seat will be filled by Dave Willman.
“We are recognizing an amazing woman,” said Superintendent Mary Chesley. “She has had an immeasurable impact on this district.”
During Barber’s 11 years on the board, including six as president, the district grew from 39,421 students to 50,469 students, built 11 schools and one stadium, renovated or improved every school and support facility in the district, and increased its national reputation for excellence in academics, athletics, activities and the arts.
Among those who gathered to honor Barber were past superintendents, Dr. Monte Moses and Dr. Robert Tschirki, past and present board members and employees, parents and community leaders, and Barber’s family, including her father, Maarten van Swaay, who traveled from Kansas City, her husband John, her daughter Tina, son Jason, and daughter-in-law Megan.
Jennifer Churchfield, who replaced Barber as board president in August, thanked the Barber family for sharing her with the district for more than a decade, and thanked Barber for her incredible commitment to Cherry Creek students, staff and families.
“You have devoted your time, wisdom, and soul to this district. You made tough decisions based solely on what was best for children, not on politics or what was popular,” said Churchfield. “Most of all, you provided a steadfast and fierce commitment to raising the achievement of ALL students. Thank you for your selfless service to the Cherry Creek School District. Your leadership and clear vision for the future will be your lasting legacy for generations of Cherry Creek students to come.”
View photos from the celebration on the Cherry Creek Schools Facebook page.