Making This Land Our Land: The capital campaign to purchase the elementary school building and organic farm
Waverly’s longtime dream and strategic plan objective have been ownership of its leased properties: the elementary and middle school, and the one-acre organic farm, which is leased from Caltrans. With ownership, the school’s sustainability is established and planning for physical and programmatic growth are made possible.
Elementary school building
Waverly had leased this property since its earliest days, and has for the past several years, held the option to buy it. Over a two-year period, we worked to negotiate a purchase price with the building’s owner, to secure the needed financing, and to raise the funds needed to cover the down payment and closing costs. We are happy to report that we completed the purchase of the elementary school building on March 29, 2019, with the support of many families, friends, and foundations.
Purchase of Waverly’s beloved one-acre organic farm (leased from Caltrans) is on the horizon, and fund-raising efforts are underway. Located within walking distance from the school, the farm is a multi-purpose green space for students, teachers, and families. It is a unique and well-loved outdoor classroom that allows for projects across disciplines, and all students participate in age-appropriate farm work.
With the termination of the 710 tunnel and freeway expansion options, Caltrans will sell the properties it acquired decades ago for those purposes. State Sen. Anthony Portantino has introduced legislation to facilitate the sale of the Caltrans properties that are leased to several non-profits, including ours. In preparation for this, we are raising funds for the purchase of the farm. Legislation is expected to be passed in the fall and enacted January, 2020; it is anticipated that the organization of sales is likely to take many months.
For more information on the status of the capital campaign, please contact: Carolyn Hom, development director, at 626.792.5940, ext. 242, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.