Will we be making changes to areas of worship?
$150,000 of the expansion project is designated for sanctuary renovations. Those updates include flooring, much needed new lighting, sound reinforcement, and some reconfiguring of the front of the sanctuary to accommodate our growing music teams.
How many children would be able to attend Westside after the renovation?
When completely finished, the six additional classrooms will add space for an additional 120 students, which would roughly double our student body capacity.
How soon would we break ground?
The plan is to break ground in the spring, hopefully mid-March or early April, with the project being completed by early August.
Is it a good time to have a campaign with many families affected by COVID-19?
We would love to wait, but the Fields Are Ripe now. Without the expansion, we will need to tell at least nine current families that they won’t be able to return next year.
What will we do if we don’t reach our goal?
There is a phased approach to our plan. There are the initial building costs and repairs and then the debt retirement. We will first fund the expansion and repair costs, and if we don’t quite make our goal, we will continue to pay our mortgage from our Annual Plan.
What will we do if we go past our goal?
We will rejoice and give thanks and glory to God! Then the Board of Directors will reconsider certain aspects of the project that were initially removed in an attempt to bring the project in on time and within budget.
What are the soil issues I heard about?
Our soil borings have shown that while we have no contaminants or pollutants, we do have soil that isn’t great for building on. We are working with the contractor and architects to understand how best to remediate the issue.
I heard only four of the six classrooms are going to be finished—is that correct?
This is a decision that is still very much in flux, depending on construction costs and funds raised. It is roughly a $50,000 per classroom savings for each shelled classroom. The Expansion team is working with the architect and contractor to get as much facility as possible with the fiscal support available.
What happens if the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) goes away?
When we enrolled in the program as a school, we knew this would always be a possibility. We still believe strongly in offering the option, as it has been such a blessing to many families. If the program were to end, it isn’t likely that it would take effect immediately, and it would probably be done in a phased approach which would give us time to plan. It would also be likely that families who are currently part of the program would be allowed to remain in it through their child’s years in school. We have a number of students who receive a voucher through the Choice program; however, our operating budget is not solely based on voucher funding. Also, our enrollment growth in recent years has not been made up of only students who are attending because of the WPCP, which means the school income is balanced between voucher funding and tuition payments. We anticipate the demand for Christian education to continue to increase as our reputation of being a high quality school that promotes Christian character gains interest as we are experiencing more families looking for alternative school options that align with their Christian views.
Is the parking lot replacement needed right now?
The parking lot is failing and cannot be sealed again. Could it be delayed? Possibly—but its replacement will likely be needed before the completion of this expansion project.
In what ways may we help support this project?
Prayer: Pray for God’s blessing on the expansion process. Pray that he blesses the plans being made and provides fiscal resources necessary to build. Pray for favorable weather through the build. Most importantly, pray that he is glorified through the expansion.
Give: Prayerfully consider how you might consider a one-time, or perhaps multi-year, gift that will make the expansion possible. Often we look at our immediate funds, when in reality, we can look for ways to give from assets, bonuses, etc. Follow this link for more Creative Ways to Give. If you’d like to make a gift today, you can do so by clicking here.
Spread the Word: Do you know of a family that might be looking for a church home or school for their children? Bring them. introduce them to your St. Andrew and Westside family that they may find a home as well.
Corporate Match: One way of giving is by seeking out if your employer has a matching funds opportunity. Many larger companies will match employee gifts to non-profits or schools. Perhaps you could multiply your gift through an employer match.
When is my pledge due?
The goal is to be able to announce our total pledged amount on Sunday, November 15. In order to meet this goal, it would be helpful to have all pledges in by November 10. If you don’t make the November 10 date, that’s fine—your pledge will still be accepted.
My company does matching gifts. How do I facilitate that?
It begins with understanding your company’s policy and process for matching gifts. If you know your company will do a match, please note that on your card, and someone from the financial team will reach out to help facilitate what you need in order to make the match possible. If your company will only allow schools and not churches, we are able to facilitate that as well.
Can my contribution be included on my electronic funds transfer?
Yes. When you direct your gift, please include what portion of your gift you would like directed toward the Fields Are Ripe Expansion.
What if my circumstances change? What if I have to decrease my gift? What if I have the opportunity to give more?
We understand life can take unexpected turns. Your pledge is not a legally binding contract; it is your opportunity to let us know your intentions. If your situation changes, please let our financial secretary, Richard Bernards, know, and he can adjust your pledge accordingly. If God abundantly blesses your situation and you’d like to increase your gifts, you can adjust your pledge as described above, or just make the additional gifts to the Fields Are Ripe Expansion.
Can I donate a large amount right away?
If you would like to make a large one-time gift, that would be a blessing. You may direct it to the Fields Are Ripe Expansion. If you would like to make a gift of a stock, please follow the instructions in the Creative Strategies in Giving pamphlet.
When do my offerings start?
We will be set to begin receiving gifts starting November 1. We do ask though that if you are planning to make a three-year pledge that you turn the pledge card in before making your first gift if possible. This gives our financial teams the time necessary to make sure the gifts are all properly directed.