We are a public school. With one great advantage.
We are different than your neighborhood school. We are a public charter school. As a charter school, we have fewer resources than neighborhood schools, but we have one great advantage: We can continue to provide the arts. They are exceptionally important to our school. We believe children prosper when their curriculum is varied and includes movement and artistic activities. Unlike your neighborhood school, we must pay for our own facilities — pay our mortgage, as well as repair and maintenance (total is currently $580K per year).
PPR (Per Pupil Revenues) received from the District will be approximately $6487 this year for full time 1st-8th, or so we’ve heard. Kindergarten and Home School receive half that amount. You never know for sure, even as late as March or later, what the actual number will be, but that is what we are counting on for now. Budgeting in this regard is challenging.
While we do generate income to cover these expenses, its just enough to break even and doesn’t cover any additional improvements we need to make. You can see on our School Master Plan our long-term vision on how we would like to enrich our campus. This plan was created with input from parents, students, faculty, staff, and design professionals.
Projects include, but are not limited to:
- Enclosing the campus for safety with a perimeter fence ($35K)
- Ensuring our financial security by having forty five days operating expenses on hand ($280K)
- Enriching playscapes to include elements that challenge every age of student while supporting experiential learning ($800K)
- Finishing middle school with additional classrooms that will be needed as our lower grades advance ($500K).
- Expanding classroom space for Prekindergarten ($85K).
- A permanent building in place of the cottages
- A performing arts space for upper school sports and theatrical performances ($1.5M).
- A woodworking shop (Included in $800K above).
What’s really important is 100% participation.
100% participation from our community is imparative because supporters outside the school — donors, prospective families, grantors — all look closely at that support percentage. Of course, we’re asking for faculty and staff for 100% participation as well.
How much should I give?
Please complete the pledge sheet and return it to the school. You can pay by cash, check, or credit card. Please make all checks out to MPCS Foundation and drop in the Foundation mailbox in the main office. To make it easier for you to contribute, you will be able to pay in one lump sum or monthly. It should be paid in full by June 30, 2014. Click here to pay online: https://mpcs.webconnex.com/give.
Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit
Taxpayers who make a monetary contribution to promote child care in Colorado may claim a state income tax credit of 50% of the total contribution. Our early childhood education program is also eligible for these gifts. Plan for donations made in tax year 2013 to carry forward to 2014 and 2015, as the credit is conditional on Colorado’s “sufficient revenue growth” for each year. Please consult your tax advisor for more details.
Making a gift to MPCS using appreciated stocks, bonds, mutual funds or property can be mutually beneficial. Email Rich Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidelines to transfer publicly traded securities to MPCS.
Will your company match your contribution? If your employer has a Matching Gifts Program, contact your human resources office and return a completed form to MPCS Foundation.
- Child Care Contribution Tax Credit — December 28, 2013
- Pledge Fulfillment — May 31, 2014
When you contribute to the Annual Give, you are enriching your child’s
environment which shapes their experience of the world. Every gift is needed and truly cherished.
John Kaltenbach, Foundation President Judy Cahoone, Foundation Treasurer Rich Peters, Member-at-Large Gina Schley, Governing Council/Annual Give Chair Carolyn Thomas, Annual Give