The James Irwin Charter Schools Board of Directors has appointed Rob Daugherty as the Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2020. Jonathan Berg, the CEO and Co-founder, will be retiring June 30, 2020.
According to Duane France, President of the James Irwin Charter Schools Board, “One of the main goals of our Board is to ensure that the culture and mission of our schools is sustainable well into the future. Rob Daugherty has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to this mission, and his dedication to the JICS family, which includes our students, their families, and our staff. We feel as though he is an excellent choice to carry on the ideals set forth by our founding members and to build upon the outstanding foundation that has been built by Mr. Berg.”
Rob Daugherty is the founding principal of Power Technical, James Irwin Charter School’s fifth school which opened in 2016. Previously, Rob served in various roles at James Irwin Charter High School since 2007. These roles include dean of students, lead math teacher, and facilities manager for all the James Irwin schools.
Prior to working at James Irwin Charter Schools, Rob Daugherty owned and operated a manufacturing company in Colorado Springs, owned a small construction company, and worked as an engineer for Engineering Development, Inc. Additionally, Rob proudly served in the Colorado Army National Guard from 1986 to 1993. Rob earned a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in educational leadership.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, James Irwin Charter Schools is an award-winning network of five schools on three campuses. Total enrollment of the network is 2,091 students. Included are two elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and a professional skilled trade and pre-engineering school. Named after the late astronaut James B. Irwin, JICS opened its first school in 2000. Character development, academic excellence and a Western Heritage emphasis are paramount in each school. James Irwin Charter Schools swept the elementary school, middle school, high school, trade school and multiple teacher/coach categories of the 2020 Gazette Best of the Springs’ awards.
Below is a link with important information regarding the JICS Safe at Work procedures. This information applies to all staff, parents, students and all visitors entering any JICS campus/building.
March 26, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians of JICS Students,
I sincerely hope this letter finds you and your family safe and in good health. As we all deal with this extraordinary situation, I want to write and let you know the next steps for JICS to ensure the on-going education for all James Irwin students at their respective schools.
The leadership team, under the direction of Principal Rob Daugherty, has been working for the last ten days to create an effective distance learning program. The JICS distance learning school will begin on March 31.
We have customized different distance learning programs
to each school level, as appropriate to each school’s considerations given the
age group of the students and methods involved:
– The principal of each JICS school that your student(s) attend will be sending you an email or text with instructions on accessing the teaching, materials, quizzes, and tests necessary for your student to move ahead academically and receive credit at the end of this school year. This specific and important communication will be sent on Friday, March 27.
– Once instruction starts, contact your student’s teacher first with any problems or questions,
– You can find their email address on our web site https://jamesirwin.org/?s=staff
– Select the “School Page”, Read More” and then select your student’s teacher.
At present, schools in Colorado are scheduled to re-open on April 20. However, it is very possible that we will finish the school year with distance learning, based on the experiences from other states. It is therefore necessary that all students participate in the JICS distance learning classes starting March 31 if they are to receive academic credit for this spring semester to enable them to graduate or promote to the next grade level.
Recently you received a JICS Technology Survey. This is essential. If you have not submitted your Technology Survey response, please do so by Friday, March 27. As we start the distance learning instruction, should you have technology problems at that point, let your student’s teacher know, and she or he will pass it on to our IT department and to the school principals who will work together to find a solution.
Jonathan Berg, CEO
James Irwin Charter Schools
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In order to keep our students safe, it is important to take appropriate actions to help prevent the spread of illnesses and to stay informed. Please see the information below in regards to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19):
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Colorado
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 Fact Sheet:
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- El Paso County Public Health – COVID-19
Precautions to Take
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
For general questions about COVID-19 call: CO-HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English and Spanish.