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Discovery Charter plans May 18 open house for new building, approves budget

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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 teacher’s lounge.

Discovery Board 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 Discovery.

Construction began about a year ago in May and completed sometime before Thanksgiving. The work was paid with a $7 million bond the school closed on.

Spring fundraiser

Discovery’s Parents 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 One ticket is $50 which includes food and a beverage.

New budget

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 financially.

“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.

Discovery Principal 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 soccer field.






Posted 4/28/2017




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