The Beyond Imagination Campaign is a Legacy capital and community campaign that is ultimately about student life transformation and about building people. Together, many of the leaders, board members, faculty, families, and larger community of LCA have been praying about the next steps in Legacy’s future. Working through a strategic plan was an important part of that process. From that plan, one of the essentials that emerged was the need for more learning spaces along with community gathering areas. The Beyond Imagination Campaign is the next step in helping to make the shared vision of a new educational building and front entrance a reality.
The increasing enrollment, waiting lists for student space, and the loss of four portable classrooms have worked together to create a dynamic tension that demands a response. Expanding our facilities would not only provide new classroom space, it will also allow us to create new spaces specifically designed for science, technology, engineering, business entrepreneurship, athletics, and fine arts.
The leadership of Meadow Creek Church envisioned and prayed for a school that would train children to be leaders in their communities and for Christ. Those fervent and faithful prayers were the first seeds of what Legacy has become today. The church has agreed to collaborate with us in this project to reinvest in the work they helped to start. While there have been many options to move away from our roots, we have decided as a community to remain where we were planted. This is home.
Building new additions to the existing facilities required an upgrade to our fire suppression sprinkler system. The church has graciously covered the cost of the new system to bring our buildings up to code, nearly $300,000. Legacy and Meadow Creek have also agreed to enter into a long-term lease agreement (25 years) to secure our future at the current location. Since Legacy will be investing the majority of capital to build the addition, Legacy will not pay additional lease on the new building square footage until the long-term lease of 25 years expires. Meadow Creek Church and Legacy have an amazing working relationship and are excited to partner with Kingdom work in the Northwest Metro.
While the Beyond Imagination Campaign is about community and the celebration of God’s work at Legacy, there is a financial aspect required to accomplish the work of building new facilities. The total proposed cost for the project is $7 million dollars. The new education building is an estimated $5 million, while the new school entrance is $2 million.
While our hope is to see the entire project funded at once, there are options for building the project in two phases if the necessary funds are not raised to construct the entire project.
Tuition covers operational expenses, not capital expenditures. Our goal is to raise the capital funds for the construction project through the Beyond Imagination Campaign, not to burden the operational budget with capital expenses.
The Legacy community is the first and most important part of the Beyond Imagination Campaign. This is a monumental project for LCA, and your prayer and financial support will help to make the new facilities a reality. However, this is a community effort so you won’t be the only one invited to consider making a gift. Parents, grandparents, alumni, friends, corporations, foundations, and many others will be given the opportunity to invest in the future of LCA according to his or her own personal capability.
By moving some classes to the new facilities and revitalizing some existing spaces, LCA will easily be able to increase its enrollment capacity to 650-700 students. This expansion will include two sections of classes per grade level, and will provide some much-needed relief to our current waiting lists.
The new facilities will allow us to expand our PreK program which will in turn provide a larger base to feed our elementary enrollment. This expansion will also allow the 5th/6th grade to move into their own section of the building to create a lower middle school area that will include a science lab. It will also allow the administration, Business Office, and many support staff to all be in one central area to best serve our parents and students. We also have discussed the remodel of other spaces as funding allows in the future.
When 100% of the project funds are committed. Ideally, we would be able to break ground Spring of 2019 with occupancy Fall of 2020.
No. The Capital Campaign Fund and the Annual Fund have distinct unique purposes to move the school forward and both will need to be fully funded to move the project to the next phase.