Because we are a charter school, the Beaverton School District keeps 20% of our state funding for each student. This 20% goes back into the district’s general fund as an administrative fee. In short, we operate our school at 80% of the funding that the other public elementary schools in the district receive. We have the same legal obligations for services that other schools provide (e.g. nursing, ELL, special education), but without the same budget!
We are doing our absolute best to keep our costs down. Our hard working teachers make less money for longer days and more school days per year. Just about everything we secured for our school – from student desks to shelving to office furniture – was purchased used or donated. Our Spanish texts were purchased used. Our library of reading books was almost entirely donated or purchased used. We are purchasing more books from local businesses like Powells, and a lot of what we are buying are used. We can afford to pay for cleaning services only twice a week.
How do we cover this 20% gap? From our wonderfully generous families! Whether it is a financial donation or time and elbow-grease, we depend on our community of parent families to bridge the financial gap.
And what is the financial gap? This is public information and we discuss it at every school board meeting. We planned for about $70,000 in funding to come from grants, donations from the community, and our parents this school year. A donation of $100 a month would get us close to this goal.
Also remember that many employers have a company match program for non-profit donations! Check here to see if yours matches. It’s easy to do and is a great way to stretch your donated dollar. One of our parents’ company does a triple match so check to see what yours may offer.
Please see our Support Us website page for more information. And Thank You for considering the value that our school brings to your child’s education when making a donation. We greatly appreciate all you do for both volunteering at the school and the financial contributions. Together we make our school successful!
Mary Taylor – Arco Iris School Board Chair