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Pitt Academy launches crowd-funding site to aid with renovation, expansion

posted Nov 12, 2014, 12:27 AM by J Shaw   [ updated Nov 12, 2014, 12:29 AM ]
Last week, I reported about Pitt Academy's recent acquisition of 7515 Westport Road, which it plans to renovate and expand into a permanent teaching facility by August 2015.

The east Louisville property formerly was owned by Westport Road Christian Church Inc., and the church will continue to hold services there for at least the next three years, said Kevin Massey, capital campaign chairman for the school and vice president of Project Heating and Cooling Co.

Founded in 1949, the school is a private academy that serves 55 students with learning disabilities and special needs. It has never owned its own space in 65 years, moving five times during that span of time. It currently leases space at 6010 Preston Highway.

But the school needs help paying off the debt for its new project. The property acquisition cost $700,000, and the anticipated renovation and addition of 8,000 square feet is expected to cost another $550,000

To offset those costs, the school has launched a $1.2 million capital campaign to aid its efforts. And, earlier than expected,Pitt Academy has created a crowd-funding site through Indiegogo Inc. to drum up support and donor dollars.

Those who want to give toward the capital campaign can donate directly through the site, which has information about the project's approach. You also can learn more about the school on the crowd-funding site, including Pitt Academy's philosophy and core beliefs toward education.

Furthermore, the site delves into Pitt Academy's participation with the Special Olympics and touches on its technological base, such as its computer lab with iMac computers and iPad tablets.

Depending on the size of the gift, donors through the crowd-funding site will receive gifts, including car magnets, barbecue sauce and Pitt Academy apparel. A $1,000 gift will earn the donor a spot on a thank you wall, and a $2,500 gift will land the donor a special recognition in the school once it opens.

Design plans for the school include the construction of eight classrooms, a full-size kitchen and cafeteria, a library, restrooms that meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards and a training apartment where students can practice basic life skills, such as making beds, washing dishes and doing laundry, Massey said.

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