The Answer Key: How to Plan, Develop, and Finance Your Charter School Facility

by Amy Anderson, Anne Geggie, Charity Sack, David Nolan, Donna Creedon, Hunter Moss, Robert Ramirez, National Cooperative Bank Development Corporation, October 2008

Of all the challenges facing charter schools, perhaps none is more daunting than finding a suitable home. In many parts of the country, affordable space is hard to come by and regulations difficult to follow. This manual was created to help charter school operators navigate the development of a charter school facilities project. The technical guide offers step-by-step assistance in planning, evaluating, and implementing virtually every aspect of a facilities project. Chapters are organized according to each stage of the development process, from early project concept and feasibility, to final construction, closeout, and occupancy.

Bringing State-Funded Real Estate Expertise to the Charter School Community: The Gaining Ground Facility Development Initiative

National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance

A key challenge for charter school operators and leaders is identifying financing to acquire and develop adequate facilities for charter school operations. This profile describes the efforts of Gaining Ground, a state-funded facility development initiative in New Jersey. Gaining Ground affords charter school leaders in NJ access to tools, knowledge and resources to lease, purchase and renovate permanent high-quality educational facilities.

Employing Diverse Fundraising Strategies to Support School Expansion: Union Academy Charter School, Munroe, North Carolina

National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance

This brief profiles Union Academy Charter School in Munroe, NC. This independent charter school has demonstrated success in raising funds to support the acquisition and development of school facilities through the issuance of tax-exempt bonds, the development of a 501c3 educational foundation, capital campaigns and special events. The school's headmaster shares keys to success with other charter school leaders and operators.

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