Thacher's ongoing capital campaign is already making a difference at Casa de Piedra.
Thanks to the generosity of the Thacher community, a number of campaign initiatives are underway. Alumni, parents, and friends have made important and generous gifts to the most ambitious capital campaign in Thacher history, which have underwritten these important strategic initiatives:
Securing access and affordability
The financial aid budget increased by $300K this year, helping us move toward the goal of tuition assistance for approximately 20 additional students.
Faculty stipends have been increased for housing and professional development during sabbaticals.
Teachers Strengthening Teachers (formerly the Master Teacher Program) and regular cohort meetings are providing our faculty with new ways of advancing their individual teaching practices, sharing ideas, and developing the next generation of excellent teachers.
Four new faculty homes and two new apartments have been built and occupied while two additional houses have received whole-house renovations.
Other faculty housing upgrades include five new kitchens, five new roofs, new windows for four houses, and 16 remodeled bathrooms.
Advancing program initiatives
Our Astronomy Program, a cornerstone of Thacher’s STEM curriculum, was transformed after the Thacher Observatory underwent a complete renovation, including a new dome and a research-grade telescope along with the equipment to run the new upgrades.
The first of three phases was an automated electronic water management system for irrigation. It measures all water use and controls how we use water across the campus.
More than 90 percent of the electrical power used on campus is now generated by our solar field. It contains more 2,000 panels and includes a battery storage system used for peak demand times and nights. It also acts as an emergency backup source of power.
We are more than halfway to our goal of raising $15 million in estate intentions for the School.
A large percentage of the funds raised to date are unrestricted funds, which will provide future administrations and boards with the flexibility and resources they need to ensure the ongoing strength of this very distinctive and important school.
While we have not reached the pinnacle yet, we are gaining ground. As we make the final push to reach our goal, a quick glance back on what we have accomplished can be the inspiration to take those last, often most challenging, steps. We know the Thacher community is up to the challenge