About Nettie S. Freed Expeditionary School
Slated to open in Fall 2023 under the direction of Principal Nicolas Roberts, the Nettie S. Freed Expeditionary School is the fifth new school being built by the District through a partnership with community stakeholders who approved the 2019 bond.
Formerly the site of Heroes K-8 Academy, which was demolished due to significant structural issues, the Nettie S. Freed Expeditionary School campus retains the school’s football field/running track and auxiliary gymnasium.
About the School Name
Nettie S. Freed began her educational career as a classroom teacher and went on to become Pueblo County’s first female superintendent of schools.
In 1950, she was appointed the state’s first Commissioner of Education.
Mrs. Freed began her career in 1903 as a classroom teacher at Fruita Union High School before accepting a teaching position at Centennial High School the following year.
Before being appointed Superintendent of the District, Mrs. Freed took over the C.E. Freed Insurance Company after her husband passed away in 1927.
According to the 1940 Census, Mrs. Freed's salary was $3,000.
In 1952, Mrs. Freed received the Colorado Education Association’s annual Outstanding Service Award.
In Colorado's history, there have been only two female Commissioners of Education, with the current Commissioner, Katy Antes, succeeding Mrs. Freed in that role.
Nettie S. Freed Expeditionary School is being built on the campus that formerly hosted Freed Junior High/Middle School, which opened in 1953.
A public survey indicated strong support for naming the new school after Mrs. Freed: a decision that was affirmed by the D60 Board of Education.