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NCSC 21: Secret Sauce of Charter School Facilities Financing

Cinnamon Harrington

July 19, 2021


If you feel that finding the perfect facility for your charter school seems like a huge, complicated undertaking, you’re in good company. Across the U.S., facilities are, by far, the greatest challenge faced by charter schools. Planning and financing any facility project is complex, time-consuming, and has the potential to distract your team from its core mission: serving your students.

In this session from the 2021 National Charter Schools Conference, we highlight the practical and actionable steps to realistically balance your team’s facility dreams with budget realities. We also covered the primary funding structures that charter schools use to finance facilities: cash, banks, bonds, and long-term leases (and the lesser-known No-Cost Bond Alternative).