Hello Magnolia Families!
Thank you for introducing yourselves to us over the last few weeks via Facebook, our website, and in person at events like Springfest and the Flea Off Market. We have so enjoyed putting faces with names and we cannot wait to invite you into our school space!
We know that some of you are anxiously waiting for an update about Magnolia Montessori, and we want to keep you in the loop about our work. In short, a lot has shifted in recent weeks. We were intent on landing a home for a school in Old Louisville, but two prospective locations fell through after tough negotiations. We are disappointed about this, but we know our budget, and in order to keep Magnolia accessible to every family in the neighborhood, we have to find a home that is beautiful, functional, and affordable.
We continued to work incessantly on our search, and with the help of our lovely community, we have three new prospective locations, two of which are not in Old Louisville. One is in Butchertown and the other is in the Highlands. We have spent the past week negotiating with landlords and inviting licensing agencies to each space, to make sure they fit state and local requirements for our needs. We knew that adding "Administrator" to our resumes would be a lot of work, but we never knew we would learn so much about the Health Department, Building Codes, and various plumbing regulations! Suffice it to say, we are fast becoming experts at commercial real estate and small business startup. ;)
With all that we've learned from licensing officials, it seems we still have three very good options for our school, each bringing different, unique strengths to the table. We hope to make a decision by the end of the week after our final licensing visits and plumbing estimates come through. Please keep your fingers crossed for an optimal resolution as we hone in on our home!
More than anything, in our search for a school home, we have been reminded that much of Montessori is a process, not a product. Just as we strive to foster an environment for children that emphasizes process as the venue for real learning, we must remember that building a school is also a process. We are learning how to adapt, amend, and appreciate each other along the way (as well as to be adamant and open about our needs and desires). We also appreciate all of the loving kindness we have felt from parents and friends in the community. We have felt the support, and we know you are eager to hear from us. Every inquiring email reminds us that we are part of a community who is thinking about us and cheering us on.
To all the families waiting to see us again and meet our space, we have planned an Open House/Orientation for July 6, from 5:30-7pm. We intend to hold the orientation in our new space--where ever that may be. The orientation will be parents only (so we can have your fullest attention; leave the children at home for this one, please). We will cover an introduction to Montessori, the Wildflower network and principles, and our own Magnolia Montessori School in theory and reality. We are sending each and every family we have spoken to an invite to the event and we hope you will join us! Please RSVP here if you plan to attend, and we will update you on the location as soon as we have it confirmed!
At this point, we plan on opening in line with JCPS calendar, but it is possible that an unforeseen obstacle may push back our start date slightly. Thanks again for your patience and enthusiasm.
Whitney, Clare and Sam
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