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Crosslake School set to open in August ahead of schedule

Web posted April 10, 2018
By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent

The members of the Lakes Area Kids Enrichment (LAKE) Foundation board of directors received good news recently when they learned the new school they are building to lease to the Crosslake Community School will be done well ahead of schedule and is projected to come in at or below budget. The school was initially projected to open for the second semester of the next school year, but now is projected to be ready for occupancy in August of 2018.

“This is wonderful news for our students, parents and faculty,” said foundation board president Christine Davis. Board member Mike Stone added, “We’ve had an incredible team working hard to make this happen almost four months ahead of schedule. Our hats off to Hy-Tec Construction, all the subcontractors and WSN architects. And they’ve done all this working through a brutal winter,” he said.

“Not all of the finishing touches will be in place when we open the doors, but we will be able to open school this fall in our beautiful new facility,” Davis said. “We’ve invested in some features that will stand the test of time,’ she said. “And they will reflect the quality and character of our community,” added board member Mike O’Connell.

Since the Crosslake school is a charter school, it is prohibited by law from owning its own property. The LAKE Foundation has launched a fund drive to build the new $7.3 million school with no property tax dollars being used. The school, which receives funding from the state, will lease the building from the foundation. Once the loan for the facility is satisfied, the LAKE Foundation has the potential to donate excess funds back to the school and the Crosslake community.

Last year, the foundation launched a campaign to raise the $2.5 million needed for the  project. About two-thirds of that goal has been achieved to date. The foundation will be launching its 2018 capital campaign with a goal of raising $800,000. Achieving this goal will ensure the building project’s completion and Crosslake Community School moving into the facilities. The money is needed to help pay for things like the school’s science and technology infrastructure, the physical education playground, sound baffles in the gymnasium, sound and lighting equipment on the gymnasium stage, furnishings in the solarium, a scoreboard in the gymnasium, volleyball nets and other items.

The LAKE Foundation encourages people to learn about and sponsor a specific need in the new facility like, for example, the gymnasium scoreboard. Additionally, any individual, business or organization that donates $200 or more in a sustaining pledge over five years, will be recognized on a Lakes Acre Donor Wall inside the facility. A new provision in the tax law allows donors who are required to make required minimum distributions from their individual retirement accounts (IRA’s) to have the contributions come directly from the IRA to the school resulting in decreasing the donor’s taxable income by the amount of the contribution.

“We want to thank everyone who has contributed to this amazing community project,” said O’Connell. “Anyone interested in getting involved can e-mail us at info@buildtheschool.org.”

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