The meeting provided a wonderful opportunity for parents to mingle with one another, with our teachers, and with our Board of Trustee members who were all wearing red hard hats. Stephanie Gill Kelly, Mack alum parent and Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees, talked with the group about the role of the board and introduced Board members in attendance. Cliff Hickerson, Mack alum parent and Finance Chair for the Board of Trustees gave highlights from the financial audit and shared that Mack’s finances are very healthy and strong thanks to careful planning, and that our reserves exceed industry standards. Diane Dunne, Head of School, took us on a time traveling journey as she shared snapshots of successes from our Strategic Plan and the past 5 years at Mack in the areas of people, program, prosperity, and place.
- Expanded Parent Council Presence
- 85-90% faculty retention rate
- Increased staffing including Learning Specialist and Counselor
- Sustained tuition assistance of approximately 30% of families
- Solar scholarships to support a financially diverse environment, beneficial to all
- Increased enrollment – gradual, sustainable, manageable growth, building the future in a way that maintains and supports the community and culture at the school
- 2017 ACIS Candidacy school; ACIS accreditation anticipated summer, 2021
- Gifted: Ongoing professional development: Colorado Association for Gifted & Talented, Beyond Gifted conference, speakers, literature study
- Learning Specialist and Counselor
- Major Environmental Initiatives and awards; increased emphasis on community service
- 94-100% family participation in Mack’s Annual Fund for the past 4 years
- Strong financial reserves
- Student scholarship established (Solar Scholars)
- Front lobby and office expansion
- Additional parking spaces
- Fifth and sixth grade classroom expansion
- New GAGA pit
- Performing and visual arts space expansion!!!
Focus on Place
It’s been a steady march of progress and we’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished together! With the theme of “Place,” Diane brought the focus to the campus expansion project and the Capital Campaign. Diane explained that the campaign name and theme, “The Max the Potential Campaign- Solving for X by focusing on WHY” arose out of the following goals:
- People: Expand our enrollment allowing us to have a more socially/intellectually rich environment and extend the Mack experience and not turn children away
- Program: Enhance the quality of their learning experience for the students (and teachers) so they can do their best work.
- Place: Extend and enhance places for teaching and learning worthy of our students and teachers.
- Prosperity: Ensures our long term financial and sustainability
Supporting the Campaign
Those in attendance also had the opportunity to hear from fellow Mack parent, Board of Trustee member, and Capital Campaign Chair Annie Slothower. Annie shared her heartfelt story of her family’s journey to Mack five years ago and how her family made the thoughtful decision to make their first five-figure charitable gift to Mackintosh. Annie shared that at first they decided to give $83 a month for 5 years for a total gift of $5,000 but that as they learned more about the project and what it meant for the school, they decided to stretch ever further for the school and make the $10,000 gift of $166 a month for 5 years.
We then closed out the evening with an extra special performance by the Mackintosh Choir, led by Ms. Kates, singing a new rendition of “If you could see me now.” At next year’s meeting, these kids will perform on the new stage!