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The Organizational Framework of the German American Elementary School 2015-2016 Update and Forward Plan Robert Tscherny (President of BoD)

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1 The Organizational Framework of the German American Elementary School Update and Forward Plan Robert Tscherny (President of BoD)

2 Phase 2 of the Restructuring Effort Merger of Kinderspiel and GAES Rational for merger: Basis for sustainability (Nachhaltigkeit) Preparing for the Generation Change in leadership The new organizational design and how it will effect you.

3 How it all started Renate Saggau Founder CEO / Principal of GAES

4 History 2000 For Profit Organization Sole Proprietorship GLC Language Classes & Culture events

5 Rationale for Kinderspiel Founding No FULL time German English Immersion instruction at Pre-School Level in Greater Houston Area Option to progress to an Elementary Program compatible with the German AND the American School System High demand of Language Instruction in German and English at Pre-School Level from parents relocating from/to Germany or the US

6 History 2006 For Profit Organization Sole Proprietorship GLC Language Classes & Culture events Kinderspiel (Pre-School)

7 History 2008 For Profit Organization Sole Proprietorship GLC K-5 Language Classes & Cultural Events Non Profit Organization Board of Directors GAES Kinderspiel (Pre-School)

8 Future 2015 For Profit Organization Sole Proprietorship GLC K-3 Private Adult Language Classes Pre- School Non Profit Tax Exempt Organization Board of Directors GAES

9 Management Our goal is to provide consistency in instruction and administration Board of Directors will provide guidance for the development of the school, controls the finances, provides networking within the community and is responsible for fund raising Renate Saggau will continue being owner, and will assist in an active function as curriculum consultant and CEO Jessica Wood will continue being Director of the Pre-School (aka Kinderspiel) and will take over administrative responsibilities Marina Fournier will continue being Assistant-Principal of the Elementary School and will take over administrative responsibilities An Office Manager will be assisting KS and GAES

10 Mission Dual Language Immersion Early Childhood education Enable parents and kids to move between German and US school system Provide an outstanding student-teacher ratio for an exceptional education Offer an elite program at reasonable costs (sozialvertraeglich)

11 Structure of the new German American Elementary School Board of Directors (Advisory & Control) CEO/Principal: Managing Director/Head of Elementary School Managing Director/Head of Pre-School Elementary K-3 Pre-School

12 Board of Directors President/Chairman: Robert Tscherny Vice President /Secretary: Steve Oddo Treasurer: Bill Blum Chair of Fundraising: to be named CEO (Ex-officio voting): Renate Saggau (Founder Representative) Board and Officers of the new GAES Officers CEO/Principal Renate Saggau Managing Director/Head of Pre-School Jessica Wood Managing Director/Head of ES Marina Fournier Ex-officio non-voting Board Members Teachers Representative: to be named Parents Representative: to be named

13 Vision for the next years to come Tax-Exempt status enables the school to accept donations Added position to Board dedicated to fundraising Engagement of German and American companies or individuals as guarantors Pre-committed donations to finish the garage apartment enlarge classroom space more flexibility for our program (an example is a second kindergarten class etc based on demand) Organic growth - building a long-term sustainable operation Smooth transition to next generation of leadership

14 Status Quo in Pre-School We will keep the 5-day, 3-day, 2-day programs Starting age for all programs: 3 years (at the first day of the attendance) We provide an elite Student Teacher Ratio of 6:1 The program hours for Kinderspiel : 8:30 am – 1:30 pm Instructional Program Extended Care (1:30 pm – 3:30 pm) is offered exclusively to siblings of the GAES program Elementary School Continuation of program K-3

15 Program Changes Elementary School (K-3) Extension of the Academic Year (10 months) - more child oriented distribution of vacation - extension of instructional time (175 -> 187 days) - 6 weeks of summer break Starting : annual tuition increase 5% K-3: $ We keep the monthly payment plan free of charge

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17 Program Changes Pre-School Pre-School Program (nicknamed “ Kinderspiel ”) will become part of the GAES NPO (None Profit Operation) Extension of the Academic Year (10 months) Admission age: 3 yrs at first day of attendance Potty-trained students only Supply Fee: $ The tuition increase was kept as low as possible as social responsibility is one of our a core values: 5-day Tuition: $ day Tuition: $ day Tuition: $ : Current plan is to offer a 5 day program solely for educational reason for our unique dual language immersion program

18 Tuition Comparison Pre-School (Annual Tuition Pre-K) 2 Day3 Day5 DayPer day ST ratio HrsPaymentSibl Disc GAES PreSchool $ 4840$ 6270$ 8800 $ 47 * (187) 6:15Annual mthly paymt./. Awty $16,167$95 (171) 9:17Annual pre paid./. AOS $16,600$97 (175) 18:17Annual pre paid./. British School $ 20,190$118 (175) 9:17Annual pre paid./. Duchesne $14,833$86 (175) ?7Annual pre paid./. St. Stephen’s $ 12,670$74 (175) 12:18Annual pre paid./. * for 5 day program

19 Projected Enrollment Ensures Continuation of the Program Pre-School 21 students are currently enrolled in Pre-School 8 students from Kinderspiel (KS) are old enough to transfer to GAES Kindergarten (= 1. Klasse German system) Continuing increase in demand with a long wait list – 21 students Classroom overview: 5 Day Program: 10 students 3 Day Program: 6 students 2 Day program: 6 students

20 Projected Enrollment Ensures Continuation of the Program Elementary School (K-3) Maximum student enrollment: 24 Projected enrollment: 18 + Strong interest from new German Expats

21 Vision for the next years to come Tax-Exempt status enables the school to accept donations Added position to Board dedicated to fundraising Engagement of German and American companies or individuals as guarantors Pre-committed donations to finish the garage apartment enlarge classroom space more flexibility for our program (an example is a second kindergarten class etc based on demand) Organic growth - building a long-term sustainable operation Smooth Transition to next generation of leadership

22 Re-enrollment & Enrollment Procedures Jessica Wood Managing Director/Head of Pre-School

23 Distribution of openings Currently enrolled students have priority and receive first program choice. Siblings of current students have second priority (waiting list placement date of siblings determines order in which siblings receive openings) Waiting List receive remaining openings Remaining openings are filled based on placement date and program availability.

24 Re-Enrollment Procedure: (currently enrolled students) New Contracts Contracts and instructions will be ed to all parents on Monday, January 26 Enrollment contract (no payment!) will be accepted until Thursday, January 29 Invoice will go out on February 6 Enrollment is finalized after payment was received Checks and bank transfers only!

25 Re-Committment Procedure: (Current Waiting List Families) Waiting List Parents re-commit to the new contract Pre-School: if you are interested in more than one program please mark on the contract your preferred order (1st, 2nd, 3rd choice) Contracts and instructions will be ed on Monday, January 26 Enrollment contract (no payment!) have to be submitted by Thursday, January 29 Enrollment status and invoices will go out via by February 6 Enrollment is finalized after payment was received Checks and bank transfers only!

26 Open Enrollment Procedure: (for new families) New Contract is online January 26 submit contract (no payment!) remaining openings are distributed on a first come first served basis

27 Thank you for your attention Questions?


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