BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, apparently facing difficult financial times, announced this morning that it is leasing class room space on its campus in East Boca Raton to two secular charter schools.
In a message sent to temple members by Beth El President Patty Beck, few words are minced in her enthusiasm for securing “additional revenue.”
It is my pleasure to announce that we have leased the unused classroom space on our Main Campus during the weekdays to two schools. Leases have been signed with Somerset Academy who will run a Palm Beach County Charter School and with Sea Star Waldorf School Initiative, a not-for-profit corporation that will operate a children’s enrichment program for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. We are all very excited to have this additional revenue from our classrooms. Our administrative, educational and custodial staff has been working for several months to plan traffic and security controls to ensure that there will be no disruption to the everyday routine of Temple Beth El.
The Temple and its daycare/early childhood center on Yamato Road in West Boca Raton have been the subject of mass departures from clergy, administration and children. Some classrooms endured a 30 percent attrition rate at the end of the 2012 school year as several parents stated they were dissatisfied with the services provided at the $15,000/year daycare and preschool center.
It is unclear how the agreement with private charter schools will affect Temple Beth El’s VPK program. State officials tell BocaNewsNow.com that the religious institution received public “Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten” funds amounting to $22,373 during the 2009-2010 school year, $49,060 during the 2011-2012 school year, and received approximately $48,000 from the State of Florida during the 2011-2012 school year.