Tomorrow Begins Today
“Tomorrow Begins Today” is the most important fundraising campaign in the school’s 46-year history.
Since our founding in 1968, the one hundred acres that make up the campus of Maclay School have undergone a dramatic transformation. Initially composed of just one building (the current Lower School/Administration building) the campus has been transformed over the years into a vibrant institution of 14 buildings, numerous athletic fields and over 900 students. This growth over the past 40+ years is due to capital improvements and fundraising campaigns supported by generous donors like you.
Now in our 46th year, Maclay School has reached a pivotal juncture. In the spring of 2011, the school’s Board of Trustees approved a far-reaching strategic plan that outlined multiple capital needs that the school faces in upcoming years.
The Board has identified the most pressing needs and agrees that the successful completion of these projects will affect the future of the school, with long-term repercussions on enrollment, retention, and the school’s ability to educate students in the competitive, rapidly changing realm of current education.
We are Halfway through Phase I of a Capital Campaign that will cast the vision for the next 20 years of Maclay School.
Since the founding of our school in 1968, the one hundred acres that make up the campus of Maclay School have undergone a dramatic and stunning transformation. Initially composed of just the current Lower School/Administration building, the campus has grown and developed over the years into a vibrant institution including 14 buildings, numerous athletic fields, and over 900 students. This tremendous growth over the past forty years is the direct result of capital improvements and fundraising campaigns supported by generous friends and families like you. Maclay School's development thus far consists of the following:
Now in our 47th year, Maclay School has reached a pivotal juncture as we look ahead. In the spring of 2011, the school's Board of Trustees approved a broad-based and far-reaching strategic plan that encompassed multiple capital improvements that are necessary to advance Maclay School's commitment to excellence for our students. These capital improvements to our campus will undoubtedly have positive long-term repercussions on enrollment, retention, and the school's ability to educate students in the competitive, rapidly changing realm of current education.
The areas of need identified in the strategic plan included:
We are delighted that Phase I of this Capital Campaign that will cast the vision for the next 20 years of Maclay School. The first exciting phase of the campaign will cover the most critical and timely projects of the strategic plan: a new Lower School/Administration Building, the Field House and other athletic improvements, improvements to our fine arts program, and paving of the campus perimeter road.
In order for this campaign to be a success, we need all hands on deck. We are calling on all Maclay families, friends, alumni, and the greater Tallahassee community to invest in the future of our school and our students. This investment will be repaid in full by the world class quality education our students receive, and what they in turn will bring back to our community in the years and generations to come. We humbly ask for your support and participation in this exciting new endeavor as we work to advance Maclay into a bold and bright new phase.
Karen Unger and Charlie Dudley
Co-Chairs, Maclay Capital Campaign
For over 40 years, the lower school/administration structure has housed generations of Maclay students. Our main building, which is so often associated with the heart and soul of the school, underwent a total renovation beginning in April 2013. Classrooms, bathrooms, hallways, and offices were completely refurbished from floor to ceiling along with a new roof, lighting, heating and air systems for the entire building. Our special areas labs — science, foreign language, art, and technology — were updated with state-of-the-art components to enhance the educational opportunities and experiences for all of our lower school students. A brand new facade with a clock tower complemented by new landscaping, fencing, outdoor lighting, and traffic pattern. This renovation is beyond a facelift. It is a complete exterior and interior transformation of the building which serves as the formal gateway to the Maclay campus.
|Kindergarten- 2nd Grade Wing||$50,000||x|
|3rd-5th Grade Wing||$50,000||x|
|Foreign Language Lab||$50,000||x|
|Benches (12 available)||$6,000||x|
x = reserved
Maclay has a proud tradition as an athletic powerhouse earning 35 state titles and numerous Florida Program of the Year honors. Nearly all of Maclay students in grades 6-12 participate in one of our 57 athletic teams during the school year. Completed in Spring 2014, the 8,000 square-foot Peipers field house will serve as the primary hub for 27 teams that compete in football, lacrosse, tennis, soccer, cross-country, and track. It will include public restrooms, offices, locker rooms, athletic team storage, training facilities, as well as concessions. In addition, Capital Campaign funds raised will purchase new lights for Frank Shaw Field and additional bleachers for visitors.
|Name the Field House||$500,000||x|
|Boys Varsity Locker Room||$75,000|
|Girls Varsity Locker Room||$75,000|
|Asst. Athletic Director's Office||$25,000|
|Bleachers at Frank Shaw Field (4 available)||$50,000|
x = reserved
The momentum of Fine Arts improvements continues with plans to expand the renovations to the Cartee Stage which will include lighting and sound as well as major Black Box improvements to make it more conducive to smaller performances. Funds raised in the Capital Campaign will also go to purchase kilns, sinks, tables, and frames in the art labs. The Maclay music department which offers band for 5th grade, middle, and upper school along with the jazz ensemble, string orchestra, chorus, and the glee club will also purchase an expansive new line of instruments for our musicians.
Work has begun on the perimeter road paving making a significant improvement to our Maclay campus. Thousands of visitors, students, faculty, and friends now have a much more pleasant drive when traveling through Maclay.
To continue to build upon our community of excellence, Maclay School must expand and improve its facilities and resources. Tuition dollars support the curriculum, but tuition does not construct new buildings. Since 1968, members of our school community have given generously, over and above tuition, to build the school that we enjoy today. Now it is our turn to pay it forward and honor the commitment of those who have gone before us with Tomorrow Begins Today: Maclay Campaign.
If you would like to attend an information session or have any other questions about the campaign, please contact the Advancement Office at (850)893-8465 ext 230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many companies sponsor matching gift programs that will match charitable contributions made by their employees. This is a great way for you to double or triple your gift and make an even bigger impact on Maclay. Please contact your employer or call the Advancement office if you have any questions regarding the Matching Gift Program.
For more information, please contact the Advancement Office at (850)893-8465 or Carri Smith, Maclay Advancement Director at email@example.com
Update: August 5, 2014
The Peipers field house was completed in May 2014 and has been a hub of activity all summer. Athletes from a variety of Marauder teams are enjoying training in the new, larger weight room and coaches are settling into their new offices. The field house was named in memory of David H. Peipers, father of Andrew Peipers '16 and husband of Ann Smith Peipers '77 and made possible through a generous contribution from his family.
We are currently 18 months into our 3-year campaign and have contributions and pledges totaling $2.52 million. The overall campaign goal is $4 million and to reach that goal we need everyone's contribution. Please consider making a contribution in any amount and help us insure a bright future for our students.
Update: October 12, 2013
On Saturday, October 12, Maclay held the inaugural Rowdy Rauder Adventure Challenge that brought out 45 teams to compete and lots of guests to our campus. More importantly, we officially opened and dedicated the new Lower School. Many former board members and friends of the Maclay community joined current faculty, staff, board members and supporters for the ribbon cutting.
The Board of Trustees also surprised Mr. Jablon with the announcement that the building will hereafter be known as the William W. Jablon Lower School, a befitting recognition of his lifetime of dedicated service to the students and employees of Maclay School. It is difficult to imagine the lower school building without Mr. Jablon's presence, and we have now assured that will never be the case.
Update: October 7, 2013
Construction has begun on the new athletic field house. Site preparations are being made, the road is being reworked and the parking lot reconfigured. The estimated time of completion is late January/early February.
Update: April 29, 2013
We are excited to announce we have received a $500,000 anonymous gift plus another $100,000 towards the construction of the new Athletics Field House which will be the primary hub for 27 sports teams as well as a concession stand, restrooms, and weightlifting facility. We are halfway to our goal of $2 million!
Walls are going up for the new classrooms!
Construction has begun with the demolition the "kindergarten porch" which will be replaced by two new modern classrooms. Pre-K students took the opportunity to take a tour while looking at shapes, materials, and designs as part of a lesson. Concrete and masonry work will begin this week.
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