— La Casa de Esperanza is halfway to its fundraising goal for
the planned expansion of its charter school.
Casa Board Chair Marcos Ramos announced Thursday that the
organization has made a significant stride forward after raising
$2.5 million as part of a challenge grant.
February, a $250,000 donor pledged to provide an additional
$250,000 if the organization raised $2.5 million by May 5. With an
aggressive timeline, La Casa met the goal and, thanks to an
additional $100,000 donation, has $2.9 million raised.
funding will benefit the planned building expansion that would
accommodate the charter school’s elementary students.
is an incredible honor and a big responsibility,” La Casa
President and CEO Anselmo Villarreal said, “because it was such
a short period of time to raise a significant amount of money. We
never take the support for granted. We are working very hard and
we know the challenge we have is huge. But it is a great
Casa is in the process of securing city approval for a three-story
expansion at its current location as the first piece in a
three-phase plan to grow its new school over the next several
school currently offers 4K and 5K, and plans to continue expanding
its classes, with the ultimate goal of serving students up to
addition — which would extend north along Caroline Street —
would add 11,504 square feet to the existing building, bringing
its total area up to 43,452 square feet. Parking would be added
behind the building.
plan is to build 12 additional classrooms during the multiphase
expansion, with construction planned to begin this fall and be
completed in time for the 2017-18 school year.
the challenge grant now met, La Casa will continue fundraising
toward a total campaign goal of $6 million over the next two
year, the school plans to increase enrollment by 66 students, with
the addition of three fouryear- old kindergarten classes.
school opened its doors in August 2015 to 88 students with the
goal of serving the city’s lowincome learners. At a Cinco de
Mayo celebration Thursday, Villarreal reiterated his support for
Waukesha’s public and private schools. But, he said, the numbers
don’t lie when it comes to the community’s economically-
disadvantaged youth and more support for those students is needed.
Casa Charter School offers additional student support, including
beforeand after-school care and summer programming to keep
students learning in the off-school months.