Waldorf School Launches Crowd Funding Effort to Find New Location

COTUIT -The Waldorf School in Cotuit has launched a crowd-funding effort that would help them finance a new location if they are eventually forced to move.

Earlier this year, the town said it would not renew the school’s lease amid several late rent payments.

The five-year lease expires at the end of June.

Since then, the school has challenged that decision and has filed a lawsuit that would allow them to stay in Cotuit for at least one more year.

But if that fails, the school will need a new location and a funding source, prompting the GoFundMe page that was launched recently.

The school’s goal on the page is $100,000, which would be used as capital funds for their new location.

“People on Cape Cod are very supportive of our school, they want us to stay here and be here and thrive and of course our parents have really stood behind us and are looking forward to the future,” said school director of admissions Roxanne King.

According to their GoFundMe page, the school’s ideal property is over 4 acres with space to expand, over 5,000 square feet of building space and located in the Upper Cape/Barnstable region.

In January, the school’s parent body launched a petition through change.org to ask the Barnstable School Committee to give the school the 540 days laid out in their lease to move.

To date, the petition has over 2,600 supporters.

“We’ve really made a big effort to clear up all of our past debts with the town and we’ve been paying our rent on time,” said King. “It’s just something we want everyone to know. We’ve really been putting a big effort towards our financial stability.”

For more information on the Waldor School’s GoFundMe page, go to www.gofundme.com/waldorf-school-of-cape-cod-our-forever-home.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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