March 22, 2012
Dear Families and Friends of Gillispie,
The Gillispie School has recently been exploring an opportunity that would change the configuration of our campus and benefit students for years to come.
Gillispie’s Board of Trustees and administration are investigating the possibility of purchasing property a few doors down on Girard Avenue, next to My Art Shed. The vision is that successful purchase of the land would allow us to move the north faculty parking lot on Girard to the new site and turn the existing parking lot into a turf-based sports field. The chance to purchase land so close to Gillispie is a rare occurrence–the last time was in 1999, a purchase that enabled the 2003 completion of the main elementary school building.
Such an expanded campus would thereby include what we envision as our “field of dreams”–an outdoor playing field to enable our teachers to nurture great minds and strong bodies. The wonderful addition of a green space would complement our gym and sport court, richly enhance our physical education program, and broaden options for school-day recess space and after school enrichment offerings. Beyond the physical exercise benefits for each child, the turfed open space would support the social and emotional development that is one cornerstone of a whole-child Gillispie education, including aspects such as self-esteem, cooperation, sportsmanship, and team-based friendships.
The proposed project is in keeping with the Board of Trustees’ 2011 Strategic Plan to “oversee the development and completion of a campus master plan that will maximize flexible and creative use of space that supports the Early Childhood and the Elementary School programs in a safe and secure environment within an environmentally sensitive setting.” With vision and intent, the Board is currently conducting due diligence procedures to determine the viability of the property purchase. If we proceed, a fundraising campaign will be part of our next steps.
This is an opportunity to build for the future. Our “field of dreams” would continue the School’s history of providing educational excellence in a nurturing environment toward developing forward-thinking minds and able bodies.
We will update you as more definitive developments occur!
Head of School
Board of Trustees President
Gillispie Takes a Strategic Look at a “Field of Dreams”
March 22, 2012