Montessori School of the Berkshires launches capital campaign to expand campus


LENOX DALE >> The Montessori School of the Berkshires, a toddler through Grade 8 school in Lenox Dale, has launched a $2.95 million capital campaign called "Go Beyond."

The campaign kick-off took place during an April school-wide event, as part of the school's 10th anniversary celebration. The "Go Beyond" Campaign is raising funds for a 7,300-square-foot expansion to the existing 9,000-square-foot building.

The expansion will allow for a second elementary classroom, a larger adolescent classroom, a visual arts studio, a music and performing arts space, and offices, as well as added outdoor play areas and an athletic field.

Construction is scheduled to begin in June, and is expected to be complete by September 2017.

Chairing the campaign committee are current parent, Daniel Neilson, and board member, Elizabeth Neale.

The school has already reached more than 86 percent of its campaign goal, through contributions from the board and early donors. It plans to raise the remaining $411,000 over the next five years.

"Our growth over the last ten years has required the flexibility and creativity of staff, students, and families to fully realize our potential," said Todd Covert, co-founder and Head of School.

Since opening its doors with 24 Children's House students, ages 3 to 6, the Montessori School of the Berkshires has more than quadrupled its enrollment.

The existing building that was designed to accommodate 125 students in five classrooms, is now nearly at full capacity, and the school maintains waitlists for some programs.

The "Go Beyond" campaign also includes funds for improving staff benefits and professional development. "A growing, collaborative faculty ensures the school can continue to live its mission," said Meagan Ledendecker, co-founder and the school's Director of Education.

"This campaign will help give our children and their teachers room to grow," said Neilson.

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