The Parkway and Rockwood School Districts officially launched a Community Education partnership this past July in an effort to provide enhanced and expanded learning opportunities for residents of all ages in both districts. This innovative and collaborative effort has recently been recognized at the local and national level.
Each year the East-West Gateway Council of Governments honors local jurisdictions, public officials and projects that are making special contributions to their community and region. Parkway and Rockwood received a 2014 Outstanding Local Government Achievement Award for Exemplary Intergovernmental Collaboration.
“The work of these two school districts underscores the importance of collaborative public efforts across jurisdictions that pool resources and streamline services while delivering quality opportunities for the public they serve,” said East-West Gateway Executive Director Edward Hillhouse.
Parkway and Rockwood have also received the Learning Resources Network (LERN) International Award for Innovative Practice in Business and Industry.
“Parkway and Rockwood formed a single identity to deliver programming more effectively to a more diverse audience,” said Julie Coates, Vice President for LERN Core Services. “These two districts exemplify the innovative approaches to partnering that will be increasingly required for programs to remain strong and successful.”
LERN’s primary criterion in selecting exemplary programs is the quality of being at the leading edge of the field of lifelong learning. In addition, the following criteria are considered: originality, innovation, appropriateness and adaptability as a model for other programs and measurable outcomes.
“It’s a win-win for the residents of both districts and is a great example of what can be achieved when school districts proactively work together,” said Director of Community Education Michael Seppi.