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Groton Community School Inc.

 110 Boston Road
 Groton, MA 01450
[P] (978) 448-6179
[F] (978) 448-2399
www.grotoncommunityschool.org
[email protected]
Linda Kosinski
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INCORPORATED: 1976
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2111386

LAST UPDATED: 11/10/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names Groton Community Kindergarten and Nursery School, Inc. (1981)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Groton Community School is an early childhood center committed to interacting with each child as a unique individual and dedicated to giving each child and his/her family the most positive first school experience.
 
Our programs are designed to offer children opportunities to explore and discover their world with hands-on experiences that welcome self-expression and creative thinking. Children are able to make real choices in an atmosphere of acceptance and cooperation. We help children attain success in intellectual, creative, and social endeavors while always being aware of their need for love, belonging, guidance, and respect.
 
Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs and interests of the whole child, with activities addressing individual learning styles and multiple intelligences. Teachers expose children to a multi-faceted curriculum and rich learning environment designed to motivate and help each child to be successful.
 

Mission Statement

Groton Community School is an early childhood center committed to interacting with each child as a unique individual and dedicated to giving each child and his/her family the most positive first school experience.
 
Our programs are designed to offer children opportunities to explore and discover their world with hands-on experiences that welcome self-expression and creative thinking. Children are able to make real choices in an atmosphere of acceptance and cooperation. We help children attain success in intellectual, creative, and social endeavors while always being aware of their need for love, belonging, guidance, and respect.
 
Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs and interests of the whole child, with activities addressing individual learning styles and multiple intelligences. Teachers expose children to a multi-faceted curriculum and rich learning environment designed to motivate and help each child to be successful.
 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2017 to Aug 31, 2018
Projected Income $1,020,775.00
Projected Expense $1,020,775.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Groton Community School Year Program
  • Groton Community Summer Camp Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Groton Community School is an early childhood center committed to interacting with each child as a unique individual and dedicated to giving each child and his/her family the most positive first school experience.
 
Our programs are designed to offer children opportunities to explore and discover their world with hands-on experiences that welcome self-expression and creative thinking. Children are able to make real choices in an atmosphere of acceptance and cooperation. We help children attain success in intellectual, creative, and social endeavors while always being aware of their need for love, belonging, guidance, and respect.
 
Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs and interests of the whole child, with activities addressing individual learning styles and multiple intelligences. Teachers expose children to a multi-faceted curriculum and rich learning environment designed to motivate and help each child to be successful.
 

Background Statement

A Long, Rich History in Our Community
 
We have been serving the needs of families and children at Groton Community School since 1945, and can trace our roots back to the 1920s. Today, we continue to provide a warm, safe, and creative environment for young children and families through our dedicated staff, rich curriculum, and openness to family and community involvement.
 
After an official opening in September 1945 at the First Parish Church on Main Street, the school has continued to operate in several local venues throughout the years.  In October 1984, the school moved into its present location, providing young children with the best of both indoor and outdoor environments. All classrooms feature child-size sinks, making a variety of creative art experiences possible, and kitchenette units that allow special cooking/baking activities. Each classroom offers direct access to its own patio and a spacious well-equipped fenced-in playground.The playground was redesigned in 2002 to create an outdoor "playscape" with opportunities for sensory and nature explorations, dramatic play, and large motor development, as well as "outdoor classrooms" separate from the main play area. A large multi-purpose room indoors plays host to a variety of children's events, including musical and other children's performers, class plays and performances, and other special guests. The entire facility, which is also air-conditioned, reflects a bright and happy ambiance that has become so much a part of Groton Community School's reputation.
 
In May 1993, Groton Community School was awarded accreditation, and has maintained it, through the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs under the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  NAEYC recognizes early childhood programs which meet national standards of quality and excellence. NAEYC Accreditation involves a self-study process with family and staff evaluation of our program and an on-site study and review by a national commission. NAEYC requires programs to go through the entire process every five years with annual reports in order to maintain high standards. Groton Community School successfully completed the Re-Accreditation process with new NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria in May 2014.

Impact Statement

Last Year’s successes:
· Fundraising helped bridge the gap between income and expenses in our break-even budget. Annual Fund contributions increased in dollars raised and additions to our donor database. In-house fundraising activities were well received. Our annual Groton Community Home Tour was a financial success and built community relationships.
· We upgraded our computer system with new equipment and a domain system for greater flexibility and efficiency for staff.
· We incorporated new technologies and in-house communication methods through G Suite for Education and Apps to increase efficiency in sharing and archiving information.
· We explored a school-wide theme, “It All Adds Up”, to enhance our mathematics curricula and assessment of children.

This Year’s Goals:

· Our new theme, “Watch me grow!”, will explore the concept of “growth” from multiple perspectives: as educators in supporting the growth and development of children; exploring growing activities with children; expanding our current facility. We are focusing on fostering a “growth mindset” in ourselves and in our children.
· We will continue progress for the Forward Motion Project and Capital Campaign to renovate our facility. We are currently in the quiet phase of the campaign.
· We will continue to refine policies/ procedures and recruitment for Trustees, and continue strategic planning. We aim to enhance communication between Trustees and our parent Board of Directors.
· We will expand/refine social media marketing strategies in order to: enroll potential families; involve current families in school happenings; connect with past families and alumni; showcase the importance of early childhood education; reach out to the general community and to potential donors.
· We will update ongoing research regarding tuition rates and staff salaries of other local schools to ensure we are in line with those providing similar services.

Needs Statement

Our Forward Motion Capital Campaign is designed to address our most pressing needs and vision for the future:
  • Enlarging classrooms with enhanced activity centers and more flexibility in programs offered.
  • Building a separate multi-purpose Community Room for school-wide events, physical development activities, and community lectures. 
  • Creating staff spaces for curriculum planning, collaboration and quiet moments for lunch and conversation.
  • Incorporating a Children’s Library, Technology and Resource Center, allowing children to discover where their imaginations can take them.
  • Creating a new Program Center where families are welcomed into the school, with meeting spaces for conferences, and where resources are provided to enhance communication and collaboration among parents and teachers.
  • Ensuring the Sustainability in thinking and building practices to protect the future of our school, the health of our community, and to instill a sense of environmental stewardship in children.
 
The Forward Motion project total is $3,850,000:
  • Capital fund for building construction and renovation ($2,685,000)
  • Building fund ($260,000)
  • Recruitment and retention of exceptional teachers fund ($660,000) 
  • Financial aid fund to support families ($60,000)
  • Project planning and administration fund ($185,000)
 

CEO Statement

Many distinguishing characteristics contribute to the success of our school. We are fortunate to have enjoyed a long history in our community, growing and flourishing with the families that we have served for decades. We are also fortunate to celebrate extraordinary staff longevity, and reward our highly qualified and experienced staff with exceptional benefits and professional development opportunities. Specialized consultants in creative movement, occupational therapy, speech and language development, and foreign language lend their expertise on a regularly scheduled basis in classrooms to promote children’s growth and development. Our exceptional teacher-child ratios enable teachers to provide attention to individual children’s interests and needs.

Groton Community School is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), meeting voluntary criteria and standards for the highest quality in Early Childhood Education since 1993. We undergo a full reaccreditation process every 5 years, with an annual report to demonstrate continued focus on our relationships with children, families and community, teacher qualifications, teaching strategies and curriculum, ensuring a healthy, safe and rich learning environment, and demonstrating leadership.

Our outstanding Groton Community School curriculum is inspired by national accreditation criteria and follows the MA Dept. of Early Education and Care Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences. We promote children’s curiosity, creativity, and self-expression with hands-on learning experiences. Our language-rich environment is enhanced with the Handwriting Without Tears® Program to encourage writing and literacy development. We have an extensive outdoor playscape to expand learning opportunities, and value outdoor play to foster children’s overall development and interactions with the natural world. Instilling the concept of caring for others through “bucket filling” with kind words and deeds is also a priority. Our peace pole highlights our commitment to teaching peace, kindness, and empathy. The peace pole says “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in seven languages, and is featured in school-wide events to celebrate “peace” throughout the year.

Our family-centered atmosphere encourages involvement in the classroom and school overall, and is beneficial to children, family members, and teachers alike. We are extremely grateful to all of our Trustees and Board of Directors members for their participation. We are a community of learners, all growing together.


Board Chair Statement

It is a pleasure to work with the GCS administrators and teachers in support of their commitment to the education and well-being of the children enrolled in Groton Community School. I became a Trustee because of my strong shared belief in the school’s mission. I enjoy the opportunity of living and working in the local community.

Groton Community School has a long history in the community, and has successfully grown throughout the years in enrollment, number of staff, and meeting and exceeding requirements and regulations. The formation and development of the Board of Trustees as the governing body for GCS provides stewardship and valuable long term vision to sustain the school into the future, while connecting it to the broader community.

As Board of Trustees President, I am committed to facing the challenges that lay ahead for Groton Community School. A challenge going forward for the Board of Trustees is finessing Trustee policies and procedures, and saying good-bye to some of our founding members as their terms come to an end. We are meeting the challenge with active recruitment and community involvement strategies. Another significant challenge is addressing the needs of a school that has outgrown its current footprint. The BOT is actively supporting the Forward Motion Capital Campaign to expand and renovate the school to meet current needs and provide for the future needs of the school.


Geographic Area Served

CENTRAL REGION, MA
We serve children/families in Groton and surrounding towns.  Throughout the years, our reputation and population has broadened, with enrollment of families from the towns of Littleton, Ayer, Westford, Pepperell, Shirley, Dunstable, Townsend and Harvard, as well as Groton.   Others towns since 2001 include Acton, Fitchburg, Stow, Ashby, Sterling, Northboro, Bolton, Leominster, Lowell, Tyngsboro, Chelmsford, Orange, Dedham, Maynard, Mason, and Hudson, Nashua, Manchester, and New Ipswich in NH.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Education N.E.C.
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Groton Community School Year Program

We serve families with children ages 2 years through Kindergarten during the school year with a number of flexible options to choose from, to meet educational and childcare needs. All programs have exceptional teacher-child ratios that enable teachers to provide attention to individual children’s interests and needs. These ratios vary according to the ages of children and size of classrooms. The curriculum for each program is designed to be developmentally appropriate for the ages and individual needs of the children within each class. Each program provides balanced, exciting, and abundant opportunities for the social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive development of the whole child as they grow and learn in all of these developmental areas. Our school year programs include: Toddler Twos, Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Extended Day, and a My Grown-up and Me introductory program for children and adults to participate as partners.

Budget  $964,082.00
Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) K-12 (5-19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success  Our short term success can be measured by our current enrollment. We have a few openings in our Kindergarten and afternoon preschool programs, with 86% of available spaces filled to capacity.
Program Long-Term Success 

We continue to enjoy a long, rich history in our community, positively impacting the lives of thousands of children and families. Indicators of success are continuing operations and strong enrollment, with 28 children upon opening in September 1945 to 136 children for the 2017-2018 school year.

Staff longevity is another indicator of success. Years of employment at GCS include: Director 33; Assistant Director, and also Full Day Coordinator 23; and Teachers ranging from 1 to 34 years. Percentages for current staff reflect 30% at 20+ years, 17% at 15+ years, 13% at 10+ years, and 17% at 5+ years.

We take pride in the overall dedication of children and families to GCS. We are delighted to have alumni returning to volunteer, teach at the school, and enroll their own children. It is common for staff to begin first as parents in the school, and stay on as employees long after their young children have grown. Our Trustees include past GCS parents and Board of Directors members, along with other community members.

Program Success Monitored By 

Program success is monitored through mandatory licensing by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.  As an early childhood center, we are undergo state licensing every two years, ensuring compliance with state regulations and standards regarding our administration, interactions with children, environment, educator qualifications, children's health and safety, and our curriculum for young children. 

Program success is also monitored by our national accreditation since 1993 through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Groton Community School volunteered to undergo an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.  We are required to submit an annual report each year to demonstrate ongoing effort, and begin the process anew to earn re-accreditation every five years.  
Examples of Program Success 
Testimonials can be viewed on the school website, independent websites, and social media.  Links for examples appear below.
 
GCS website 
  • General comments can be viewed at http://www.grotoncommunityschool.org/about-us/what-our-families-say/
  • Specific comments appear under individual “Programs” tabs at http://www.grotoncommunityschool.org/programs/
Social Media
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrotonCommunitySchool/
  • Great Schools: http://www.greatschools.org/massachusetts/groton/2891-Groton-Community-School/reviews/
  • School Family: https://www.schoolfamily.com/find-a-school/school/1000018810-groton-community-school7  
 

Groton Community Summer Camp Program

Camp at Groton Community School provides a summer of exciting experiences for young campers 3 through 7 years of age. We follow the same philosophy as our school year program, which strives to provide each child with the happiest, most positive first camp experience. Camp activities include music, arts & crafts, construction opportunities, water fun, sports, creative dramatics, science & sensory explorations, and nature study. We have offered entertaining and educational summer experiences for children for at least 23 years. Camp is open to the general public. We offer two-week half-day sessions (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday mornings) beginning late June through late August. We also offer an Extended Day option, and a Full-Day option that runs from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM daily, beginning mid-June through mid-August.

Budget  $56,693.00
Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) K-12 (5-19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success 

Our short term success is gauged by strong enrollment.  Our Summer Camp program had 90% of available spaces filled the past summer.

Program Long-Term Success 

The success of our summer program is seen in our annual enrollment with full or nearly full capacity. Camp serves families with preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary aged children. Each summer we look forward to the return of children who moved on to elementary school for the school year, and also welcome new children and families who do not, or have not, attended our school year programs.

Children are awarded camp participation ribbons each summer, and returning children are given trophies, medals, and pins for attending for 4, 5 or 6 summers. Many returning children receive this special honor each summer. We are grateful for our summer program, as it is not “good-bye”, but “see you over the summer” for many children who age out of our school year programs.

It is always bittersweet saying good-bye to our oldest campers, knowing they are too old to return for another summer. However, we have been fortunate to welcome past campers as volunteers when they are in high school, and even as staff in our summer camp or school year programs, when they are attend and graduate from college.

Program Success Monitored By 

Evidence that we offer a safe and well managed camp is seen in annual licensing as a summer program by the local Nashoba Board of Health.

Examples of Program Success 

The success of our Summer Program is illustrated in its longevity and continued strong enrollment in an increasingly competitive market. We previously enjoyed a niche in our local community for camp for the preschool age group, with other local camp offerings focusing mainly on elementary and above age groups. There are now other options for families to select from for younger children, but our GCS Summer Camp has endured with a loyal following of local families.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

One challenge to our school year and summer programs is responding to changing childcare needs of our families. We respond to this challenge with flexibility in our programming, offering half day, full day, extended day, school year, and summer programs.  Another challenge is meeting new requirements and increasing paperwork demands, taking time away from the most important priorities of developing relationships with families, and guiding staff with curriculum and meeting children's needs.  We are committed to devoting time to our personal connections with children, families, staff and community outreach.
 
One of the best rewards of our programs is the opportunity to positively impact the lives of the children and families since 1945, and provide a service to our community. We take our middle name, “community”, very seriously, welcoming participation and involvement. We share our knowledge of child development with families and the community, helping children grow in all developmental areas, and spreading our core values of teaching peace, kindness and caring for others.
 
We are proud of our involvement with and accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, advocating for young children, their families, and the importance of Early Childhood Education. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Groton Community School went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years. The time and energy invested in this voluntary program is well worth the effort.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Linda Kosinski
CEO Term Start Aug 1985
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Our Executive Director Linda Kosinski has been employed by Groton Community School since 1985 as an educator, mentor, facilitator, and administrator of the school. She has been the Executive Director since the fall of 1995. She has a Masters Degree in Leadership, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and Associates in Early Childhood Education. Other relevant experience in the field includes serving as a Validator for the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
 
Collaborations include being a participating Member of the Groton Business Association, Groton Nonprofit Counsel, Board of Corporators of Fidelity Mutual Holding Company, Applewild School Board of Advisors Member, Applewild School Diversity and Education Social Policy Committee Member, Outreach Board Member for First Church of Sterling and Liaison to the Village Green Preschool.
 
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience


Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Lisa M. Stafford Assistant Director Ms. Stafford has a Masters in Philosophy, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Mathematics and Philosophy with a Management Adjunct, and a Bachelor’s Equivalence in Early Childhood Education. She has been a Teacher with Groton Community School since August 1995, and Assistant Director since August 2000. She serves on the Groton Business Association representing Groton Community School.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 1993
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 5 Year Accreditation 2014

Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

A significant management challenge in early childhood education is attracting and retaining high quality teachers in a competitive market, given our salary structure. Despite this, we are very fortunate to have highly qualified and experienced staff, and celebrate our staff longevity at the school. While it is not a highly compensated field overall, Groton Community School teachers are well paid for the region as early childhood educators. We provide exceptional benefits (medical, dental, and retirement plans; short/long term disability; paid professional/personal days, holidays and vacations; a staff development fund for workshops and tuition reimbursement; tuition discount for staff children) in addition to staff salaries. Helping teachers grow and develop as professionals is also one of the opportunities provided by our program. Keeping current with educational trends and networking with other educators enhances the work we do with children and families, and enriches our professional lives.
 
Another challenge for our school is owning and maintaining our own building. We have outgrown our facility, and maintenance on our aging building takes administrative and volunteer efforts. The building and grounds are used by lots of little people all day year round, and we do not have a full time maintenance person on staff. Our administration, staff, volunteer Board of Directors, and school parents all work together to keep maintenance costs down, and therefore keep tuition lower, for the families we serve.
 

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 11
Number of Part Time Staff 12
Number of Volunteers 150
Number of Contract Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % 92%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 27
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 27
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Accident and Injury Coverage
Day Care Center/Nursery School
Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. John Amaral
Board Chair Company Affiliation Omni Properties
Board Chair Term Nov 2014 - May 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. John Amaral Omni Properties Voting
Randall S. Barron Esq. McWalter, Barron and Boisvert, LLP Voting
Mr. Dan Barton Maugel Architects NonVoting
Ms. Christine Cline SQUG, LLC Voting
Mr. John Conner Dean of Faculty, Harriman Chair & CEO, Head Writer at Breaking the Barrier, Inc. Voting
Betsy Kehoe Esq. Keller Williams Realty Voting
Ms. Linda Kosinski Director, Groton Community School Exofficio
Mr. Stephen Lane Interactive Management Solutions Corporation Voting
Ms. Debbie MacDonald Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Rob Moore Assistant Head, Lawrence Academy Voting
Mr. David Moulton Moulton Laboratories/Digital Media Services Voting
Mr. Peter Myette Great Road Farm, Garden and Pet Supplies Voting
Ms. Lisa Stafford Assistant Director, Groton Community School NonVoting
Mr. Steve Webber Retired Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Shannon Baxevanis -- Voting
Ms. Jen Burke -- Voting
Mr. Jeremy Chapman -- Voting
Ms. Emily Crouse -- Voting
Ms. Christine Emma -- Voting
Ms. Kate Ferriola -- Voting
Ms. Linda Kosinski Groton Community School Exofficio
Ms. Terri Martin Groton Community School NonVoting
Mr. Dan Quinn -- Voting
Ms. Shagufta Rahman -- Voting
Mr. Bill Rochefort -- Voting
Ms. Jessica Snow -- Voting
Ms. Heather Spinney-Laidlaw -- Voting
Ms. Lisa Stafford Groton Community School NonVoting
Ms. Trisha Winroth -- Voting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 14
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 73%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 29%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

GCS Board of Trustees and Board of Directors

Our voluntary Board of Directors is comprised of parents, staff, and community members who give Groton Community School direction, support, and financial guidance. The Directors support families, the day-to-day operations of the school, and high quality educational experiences. Each Board member is elected for a two-year term to assist the school in his/her role on the Board, as well as contributing to overall goals such as setting school policy and hosting annual events.

Groton Community School took a significant step forward with the creation of a Board of Trustees. This governing body joined the long-established GCS Board of Directors, expanding the pool of experts, community leaders, and friends to provide crucial support and insight for the school as it entered an exciting time of growth. They are invaluable in the Forward Motion expansion project, and in general to sustain the school into the future. The Trustees takes a longer view, focusing on the overall vision and financial strength of the school.

The Trustees are drawn from members of the wider GCS community who share the conviction that early childhood education is critical for growth and development, and chart the way forward as financial stewards. They bring broad and diverse experience and professional skills to guarantee that GCS will continue on a firm economic foundation, as it has in the past. While the Directors will help ensure that GCS is able to give each child a rich and fulfilling experience every day and support the high-quality professional staff, the Trustees guarantee this kind of education and care is always there for new children and their families.

The Board of Trustees is a resource that builds on the long history of prudent management and financial strength at GCS. Their governance is helping the school prepare for a building project and the capital campaign need to finance that work. With this expanded governance we make sure we can move forward in a thoughtful and effective way, building for the future.

Trustees meet as a board five times a year, and members serve on committees dedicated to specific responsibilities. Committees include Finance, Development, Governance, and Strategic Planning.

Our challenge as a school has been adjusting roles and responsibilities within our Board of Directors with the creation of a new governing body in the Board of Trustees. We are very fortunate to have the support of both volunteer Boards!

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2017 to Aug 31, 2018
Projected Income $1,020,775.00
Projected Expense $1,020,775.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $1,095,095 $1,076,288 $1,141,818
Total Expenses $1,070,601 $1,048,764 $996,003

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $83,526 $114,416 $190,344
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $911,972 $873,597 $856,735
Investment Income, Net of Losses $73,648 $65,678 $70,357
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $25,949 $22,597 $24,382
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $750,588 $739,425 $747,410
Administration Expense $232,607 $217,105 $200,685
Fundraising Expense $87,406 $92,234 $47,908
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.02 1.03 1.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses 70% 71% 75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 80% 67% 22%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $3,041,088 $2,978,023 $2,975,960
Current Assets $1,091,046 $1,178,752 $1,091,547
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $882,625 $862,911 $792,022
Total Net Assets $2,158,463 $2,115,112 $2,183,938

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose To enhance experiences of children, families, staff and community by expanding our facility, and creating endowments for exceptional teachers and financial aid.
Campaign Goal $3,850,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates July 2016 - July 2021
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $2,181,999.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.24 1.37 1.38

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

As a nonprofit service organization, we must always balance the cost of our programs and need to retain and compensate qualified staff with affordability for the families we serve. Groton Community School has strong financial policies in place, and talented people on our Board of Directors and Board of Trustees to balance these needs. The gap in our break even budget, as tuition income does not cover our expenses, must then be made up through fundraising efforts led by both Boards.

A challenge and success for the school has been establishing an environment of giving through the creation of a formal Annual Fund by the Board of Trustees in 2012. While our previous fundraising efforts focused primarily on current school families, we now cast a wider net to past families, alumni, and the greater community at large. Our annual Groton Community Home Tour hosted by the Board of Directors is another tremendous success story for our school. The Home Tour not only raises funds to help fill the gap between income and expenses, it helps involve and connect with community artisans, vendors, businesses, and the attending public. Our first Home Tour was held in 2005 and it has grown in reputation, participation, and funds raised ever since.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

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Impact

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