November 2, 2017
Dear Académie Lafayette Families,
On behalf of the Académie Lafayette Board of Directors and school administration, we would like to thank you for your patience and support as we work on the implementation of our K-12 Growth Plan.
Last February, we presented the expansion plans for our school that included increasing enrollment in the lower grades and providing a college preparatory, International Baccalaureate high school. Based on budget projections, it was ultimately determined that the best path to achieve our expansion goals was to complete our expansion plan in two phases:
We are excited to announce that we have finalized the purchase of a building at 201 E. Armour, which was the former Derrick Thomas Academy. This building provides enough space to accommodate up to 900 students at full capacity. Our new “Armour Campus” will accommodate our K-8 expansion and ensures adequate facilities for a future high school. The new Armour Campus is also only a block away from our Cherry Campus.
We are also pleased to inform you that we will receive a $1.5 million grant from SchoolSmartKC to fund the K-8 expansion. We also have secured $790,000 so far in additional funding from Kansas City foundations for the K-8 expansion.
Beginning in August 2018, we will welcome three additional kindergarten classes, or 66 more kindergartners, which will establish a solid base for our future growth. While Phase 2 remains a priority, we have no implementation date at this time due to reductions in public funding for charter schools and the need for private fundraising to address operational shortfalls. As we stated in our K-12 Growth Plan presentation, the costs of operating a high school are significant. Now that we have secured the building, the next step for school leadership is to ensure proper funding for the operation of a high school.
We are excited about the opportunity to welcome more students to Académie Lafayette to achieve our mission to educate the children of Kansas City to become globally minded, locally active, critical thinkers through immersion in world languages and cultures.
Timetable for K-8 Expansion:
Thank you again for your continued support of our school!
Jon Otto Elimane Mbengue
President, Board of Directors Head of School
The Académie Lafayette strategic planning process was initiated in 2011 and completed in the winter of 2012. The plan document provides a map of how the school is pursuing its journey from “Good to Great.” The plan has goals, objectives, actions, and measures for seven areas: Student Achievement, Excellence in Teaching, School Culture, Facilities and Finance, Growth, Community, and Governance.
Participants in the planning process were parents, staff and teachers, administrators, and Board members who volunteered hours of weekend time to work on the plan.
Read Académie Lafayette’s Strategic Plan.