After we announced the purchase of the new property to the school community, the first thing that I did was to go to the students to hear their ideas about what we should try to include in the project. I was super impressed with the practicality of their responses.
The Middle School students asked for a bigger field and a gym with showers. They asked if we could separate the elementary and secondary students, with a bigger play area for secondary. They wanted larger art and music rooms and a larger nurse’s office. They requested a parking lot so you parents aren’t all congested out on the street when picking them up. Outside they’d love a swimming pool and a track.
The High School students’ comments were similar. They asked for a gym and more classrooms, with a stage that could be in the gym or in an auditorium. They requested changing rooms backstage and a nicer weight room. They advocated for more science labs and an outdoor eating area. And don’t forget the pool! When I asked if we could do either a soccer field or a pool, they unanimously opted for the soccer field.
The next meeting was with the school board, administration, and parents. Their comments were also very similar. The first request was for a nice library. One parent mentioned the acoustics in the drama space, and another asked for an industrial kitchen. A drop-off area was brought up with an area for green space. We talked about the potential of expanding our kindergarten offerings to younger children. There were several younger children there. They liked the idea of a garden where they could grow vegetables and a pool!
One parent asked about the school’s plans for increasing tuition. We assured her that the school board has a policy for the percentage that tuition can increase each year. I mentioned that we are planning on the increase in enrollment to help cover the additional costs and that our Tuition Waiver Fund would continue to help families who demonstrate financial need to be able to send their kids to ICSV. The school wants to grow so that it can educate more students in the same caring environment that we enjoy today.
If you were unable to attend the parent meeting, please feel free to send your ideas to the school at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a background in designing schools or have seen a school that you think we should look at, be sure to contact us. We are in the very early stage of planning what we want, so there is plenty of room to throw out those big dream ideas at this point. Enjoy the journey with us as we watch what God is able to do here in Vienna!
Because of His Faithfulness,
Sharon Brobst, Ed.D.