The public is
invited to view Discovery Charter School’s 16,000 sq. ft. building addition
during an open house on Thursday, May 18 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
The event will
start with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the school’s administrators and
board of directors, followed by tours of the building.
The school moved
its teachers and students into the building close to December last year but
waited for nicer weather to have the public come view it. The new addition,
which is attached to the original school building on its north side, houses
a gymnasium that doubles as a cafeteria, seven new classrooms, offices and a
President Laurie Metz said she hopes that parents who helped raise money
will get a chance to see the new addition, as well as former students of
about a year ago in May and completed sometime before Thanksgiving. The work
was paid with a $7 million bond the school closed on.
Advisory Council will be holding its annual spring fundraiser this Saturday,
April 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton. All
proceeds from the event will be used to furnish the new building.
The theme this year
is “Discover Our World Backyard Bash,” in the fashion of a summer barbecue
with lawn games and live music.
The public may
purchase tickets at discpac.ejoinme.org/dow. One ticket is $50 which
includes food and a beverage.
In other business,
the board on Wednesday approved its proposed budget for its next fiscal year
which runs from July 1 to June 30.
The total budget is
approximately $3.7 million based on an enrollment of 520 students, financial
advisor Alan Gabrielle said. That is about $120,000 more than last year and
about $309,000 per month.
Gabrielle said that
in the nine months that the school has been self-managed, it has stood well
“In March, we ended
with a profitable month. As we get into our journey each month, we are on
more and more solid footing,” said Gabrielle.
Ernesto Martinez said that this is the first year he remembers seeing a
budget proposed that put the school in the black.
Martinez and the
board also discussed improvements they would like to make in the near future
such as new carpeting, repaving the staff parking lot this summer and a new