The state school funding (SSF) comes from your tax dollars which are allocated per student from our school district. But the percentage we receive as a charter school does not cover the full cost of education for your child. We receive an average $4,800. per full time student per school year. The cost of providing education averages $6,000 per year. The deficit is made up by keeping expenses under control and by "Close the Gap" contributions as each family is able to contribute. This money is a critical part of our basic budget with no extras. Our Board of Directors, staff, and parents subsidizes the actual cost. Each year it is challenging to raise funds to cover the costs for all students. Each family is needed to be a part of this process, whether through volunteering to help, or making a direct financial contribution. We have an annual meeting each September to keep parents updated on this status.
Cascade Heights is committed to a focus on relationships. While we all know that running a school takes money (and quite a bit of it), we also know that people are more important and children are at the center of our "people" here. We all have strengths and passions. We hope that people who volunteer with us are doing something they are passionate about. A retired librarian works happily in our library, a mom passionate about nutritious food works in our kitchen, a grandfather with a talent and passion for building makes our art tables and a stay at home parent can help with projects that can be done at home. Last year, volunteers logged over 15,267 hours with services we would not have been able to pay for and would have gone undone. Time is a valuable commodity and we never take it for granted. Time is money, but there are some things that simply must be paid for. Janitorial service is $2,700 per month. Utilities are $33,000 per year. Teacher salaries make up the bulk of our budget and we run the entire school on less than one million dollars a year. We simply could not balance our budget without our volunteers, so thank you, thank you to all of you!
Many people love to give time and money. Many can only do one or the other. To us, living our mission means finding a way to partner with every family and to choose to raise funds in a way that is consistent with our mission. We don't sell cookie dough because it is does not support the physical or emotional growth of children. We do a jog-a-thon because it does. And our Education Takes Flight spring breakfast is a way to thank our benefactors and invite them to join in our mission at the same time.
We gratefully recognize the financial support and volunteer time over the past year and say thank you to Our Partners.