12/10/2013 12:23:00 PM Fundraising continues for WCPCS
The West Concord Charter School opened their doors in September with significantly less students than they were planning on. The school opened with 36 students and had based their budget off of seventy students, leaving the school with a massive budget short fall.
The West Concord Charter School Board met on recently to discuss the ongoing budget issues the school faces and to come up with a way to balance their budget. The school started out with a budget deficit of $106,000 going into the school year. In October the school began fundraising to help cut the budget deficit. The board also met with local philanthropists to try to get on going donations to the school. "We've been very fortunate with the amount of support the school has received," board president Jeff McCool said. "We've worked for five years to make this school a reality and we've faced bigger problems that this in the past, this is just another hurdle we have to get over."
The school has raised $44,000 to date with fundraising. When the board met they found a way to balance the budget for the year, although fundraising will still be needed. "As of November 30, we eliminated two positions at the school and were able to renegotiate our lease amount the owner of the school building so we were able to balance the budget," McCool explained. The board eliminated the school's custodian position and the school's director position, held by Nicole Musolf. "Our director has graciously and generously agreed to stay on with the school as the director, as a volunteer," McCool added. "Once we have the funding we will be hiring her back." The school made no cuts that would affect the students. McCool said other than the budget hurdle, the school is going strong and has add more students to since the first day of school. "We're up to forty students now and they all seem to be happy with the school and enjoy coming to school," he said. The board will begin looking at enrollment projections for next year and will start the enrollment process at the beginning of the year, for the next school year. He pointed out that the charter school is a public school, however they are not allowed to levy taxes to make their annual budget. The school receives money for each student enrolled in the school, money to help pay the rent on the building and charter school funding. The school will continue their fundraising efforts throughout the year.