The Dome School

An update of current events at the Dome School/ TCB, what happened during Covid and what it’s like now:

There are many things to be thankful for. Sustaining us through the year-and-a-half closure included the Cans for Kids program sponsored by IVCanDo, with donations of refundable bottles and cans. Board members, staff, parents and community members have volunteered to sort at these events, roughly once a month.  It’s been a lifesaver and our biggest fundraiser.

The Dome School/Takilma Community Building was gifted a brand-new, state-of-the-art wood furnace by Todd Stone, replacing the original which gave many good years of service but was wearing out. It was installed by Board Chair Mark Kelz and Community Volunteer Kerry Whitehead. It works spectacularly, keeping us warm and cozy.

We are fortunate to have received a grant from the Four-Way Community Foundation to upgrade our fire alarm system. To complete the project, we are awaiting parts which have been stalled near the port of Los Angeles.

We were lucky enough to receive a PPP (paycheck protection program) Loan as an emergency government grant, which has since been forgiven. This grant enabled the staff to sort, clean, organize and plan for several months through spring and part of the summer. It was wonderful to be able to come together again after being disbanded for a year. We’re grateful to have a dedicated staff with a supportive Board.

Low enrollment, mostly due to Covid issues, has been another big strain on our budget.  Tuition has always been the greatest source of income and we are struggling until we can approach normal levels of students.

The other big financial strain on the Dome School/TCB has been the fact that we have been unable to use our beautiful building for ANY fundraising events. Normally over a third of our budget comes from our concerts, dances and rentals.  As Covid restrictions ease we will be trying to begin once again having fundraising events, but we are currently far behind the former levels and the future of the pandemic is still in doubt.  

As we try to regain our pre-pandemic equilibrium we are regretfully once again asking friends and family to pitch in if they can to help get us through this school year successfully.  We need to be able to pay teachers and staff so that our kids can continue to learn and grow in our nurturing educational environment.

Warm Regards,

The Dome School Board and Staff