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Date July 6, 2004 

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Jana Caldwell
Director of Communications 
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Hickenlooper Honored by School Executives

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has been selected by the Colorado Association of School Executives to receive the 2004 CASEY Award. This award honors a non-educator who has made a significant contribution to public education.

Hickenlooper has been a champion of the Denver Public Schools and was instrumental in the passage of last November’s $310 million bond issue and $20 million mill levy. Representing the City of Denver and the business community, he has been a true partner in word and deed, fostering public education and strong schools.

DPS administrators and staff cite Hickenlooper’s many contributions to education including tutoring at Cole Middle School, engaging in weekly visits to school sites and meeting with principals, and donating more than $300,000 in contributions from his inaugural celebration to the DPS Foundation.   

“Our sincere appreciation goes to Mayor John Hickenlooper for focusing the community’s attention on the needs of our students,” said Superintendent Jerry Wartgow. “Not a week went by when the Mayor wasn’t around town talking to voters about supporting Denver’s schools.  He came into his position as mayor believing in public education, and he consistently has supported the district’s initiatives and looked for new ways to champion our efforts, whether during informal conversations in coffee shops with a handful of citizens or at prominent meetings with hundreds of business leaders.”

Former CASE Executive Director Bob Tschirki said Hickenlooper is an outstanding choice for this award. “It is abundantly clear that Mayor Hickenlooper is an extraordinary leader. He is unwavering in his values, his commitment to a better Denver, and his clear understanding of the importance of a quality education for all children. I have great admiration for his insight and his courage,” said Tschirki.

The award will be formally announced at the annual CASE convention of school leaders in Breckenridge August 6.

Past CASEY award winners have included former Governor Roy Romer, State Senator Norma Anderson, and former State Board of Education Director Gully Stanford.

Established in 1969, the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) is an organization of more than 2,000 school administrators committed to improving student achievement through promoting and building quality education leadership in all Colorado schools.

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