The Discovery Charter School board took the first step toward a new bonding
process to fund building and maintenance projects.
On Wednesday, board members signed off on an inducement resolution which
would allow them to go forward with projects that would be paid for with
Board President Laurie Metz said the board is also interested in refinancing
the bonds for the school building and the proceeds will go towards the
construction of a new building to hold additional classrooms and a
The resolution is also a move forward for Discovery to break off from its
current loan from Charter Schools Development Corporation, a Maryland-based
501c3 organization that helps new charter schools finance and develop
strategies to become creditworthy on their own. The board is also working
with an Indianapolis firm to aid them in decisions regarding financing.
“We want to become financially independent,” board member Janine Girzadas
told the Chesterton Tribune.
Metz said the new building is part of Discovery’s current five-year plan.
But there are more immediate needs that Discovery hopes to take care of by
next school year. Those include designing and installing a 28’ x 72’ modular
building for additional classroom space, with an emphasis on technology
The school has already received bids for the project which should be
completed by July, according to Discovery principal Ernesto Martinez.
Another need is to increase the size of the school’s cafeteria. Girzadas
said the addition will be approximately 3,500 square feet, which will
require excavation since the cafeteria is underground.
Martinez said the extra space could allow the cafeteria to serve more
functions, such as a temporary gymnasium or assembly space.
Make Up Days
Martinez reported that Discovery has missed six days due to snow and cold
over the past two months.
Two of those days were excused by the Department of Education as were
schools throughout the state. Two more days will be made up during the
school year and one day has been added to the end of the 2013-14 calendar.
He said one day will be made up by holding school all day on three
Wednesdays, when students usually go home for early dismissal. Those
Wednesdays will be March 12, April 2 and April 9, he said.
Martinez also reported that ISTEP+ testing will be pushed back a week from
March 3 to March 10.
In other business, Girzadas announced that the spring event for the Parents
Advisory Council will be April 26. Invitations will be mailed out in the
next few weeks, she said. The board gave its consent for PAC to hold a
raffle during the event.
Discovery officials held its annual kindergarten lottery before the board
meeting. Envelopes were drawn at random by a third party which saw 60
accepted into Kindergarten next fall. There were 32 names already admitted
prior to the lottery because they have a sibling already attending
At the end, there were 37 on the kindergarten waiting list, the same number
as last year.
Metz told wait list parents not to be discouraged as there are typically
withdrawals as parents find they cannot commit the time to transport their
child to school.
Families are given five business days to enroll their child or face being
put on the wait list.
Martinez said the wait list across all grades is 267.