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.


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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