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Conserve Community Files Brief In Support Of Motion For Emergency Temporary Injunction

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Conserve Community filed a brief in support of the motion for emergency temporary injunctive relief this afternoon. The brief demonstrates the immediate and irreparable harm that would befall students, faculty, and staff members should the transition be allowed to continue as planned. The brief, comprising 29 pages, along with 250 pages of exhibits, is attached to this article.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2009 15:02
 

Article about the debacle

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The Lakeland Times has an interesting article about recent developments.

http://www.lakelandtimes.com/main.asp?SectionID=9&SubSectionID=9&ArticleID=9157&TM=40041.66

--Erty


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2009 11:36
 

Courtroom Showdown Looms One Week Away

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A hearing will be held next Friday at 1:30 PM at the Vilas County Courthouse in Eagle River surrounding the request for a temporary injunction that would keep Conserve operating as a 4-year school while the issues are litigated. This is a critical point in the lawsuit, as a temporary injunction would mean an immediate return to normalcy for currently enrolled students. To find out more about how you can help next Friday, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2009 15:17
 

Lawsuit FAQ

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Conserve Community has released an FAQ document for current and potential plaintiffs addressing sixteen of the most common questions about the lawsuit. It has been attached to this article, along with a blank attorney representation agreement and a blank affidavit form.

To join the lawsuit as a plaintiff, fill out the attorney representation agreement and mail it to:
CONSERVE COMMUNITY, LLC
c/o Attorney Lydia Chartre
PETRIE & STOCKING S.C.
Chase Tower
111 East Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1500
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Whether or not you are a plaintiff, please consider submitting an affidavit. Conserve Community is continuing to collect affidavits that demonstrate the harm that closing the school has had and will continue to have on students. The instructions for filling out an affidavit are contained in the FAQ.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2009 15:02
 

A Student Created Youtube Video

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Erty Seidel, current Senior at Conserve School, recorded this video addressing the Trustees, Stefan and the entire Conserve School Community.

He outlines and explains many of the feelings of the entire Conserve Community very clearly, and reminds us of how much will be lost.

Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rol5xhm-uU

Thank you Erty and good job!


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2009 11:37
 

Help Conserve Community Attorneys Gather Affidavits

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Please help the Conserve Community attorneys gather easy-to-fill-out affidavits from private schools. The form affidavit is attached. Please quickly forward this message to others who might be able to help... school administrators, board members, finance officers, or other folks in positions to know the information on the form.

People can sign, notarize, then scan and email or fax, and send the original in the mail to the attorney:

Kirk Reese
Reese Law Office
P.O. Box A
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Fax: (715) 369-5650

Thanks!

Attachments:
Download this file (Affidavit.doc)Affidavit.doc[ ]27 Kb

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Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2009 02:45
 

Putting Conserve School's Wealth In Perspective (Revised)

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Revised on 2/23/09 on the advice that the assets of the Conserve School Corporation should not be considered part of the endowment. 

The Trustees would have you believe that Conserve School is hurting for money. But where exactly does it stand in comparison to other boarding schools? I turned to the IRS forms and to boardingschoolreview.com for some answers.

Conserve School has an endowment size of $192.7 million (as of June 30, 2008).
Conserve School has an enrollment of 146.
Conserve School has an endowment per student, therefore, of $1.32 million.

When compared across all boarding schools:

  • Conserve School ranks fourteenth in endowment size among all boarding schools surveyed. The average endowment size is $16 million. Conserve School's wealth is 12 times average.
  • Conserve School ranks first in endowment per student among all boarding schools surveyed, with a rate nearly 40% higher than that of the next closest institution. Phillips Exeter Academy (also the wealthiest boarding school) has an endowment per student of $956,937. The average boarding school has an enrollment of 300 students, and therefore an average endowment per student of $53,333. Conserve School's wealth per student is more than 24 times average.

When compared across boarding schools with less than 200 students:

  • Conserve School has the largest endowment. Next in line is Church Farm School at $150 million.
  • Conserve School has the largest endowment per student, ahead of Church Farm School and Brenau Academy at $833,333 per student.

A few other points to consider:

  • Conserve School could lose $71 million and still have the largest endowment per student among schools with an enrollment of less than 200.
  • If this happened, and Conserve did indeed lose $71 million, its endowment rank would only drop from 14th to 23rd overall, and would still be #2 among schools with <200 students.
  • Conserve School could lose $176.7 million and would still have an endowment on par with the average boarding school.
  • If this happened and Conserve did indeed lose $176.7 million, Conserve would still have twice the endowment per student compared to the average boarding school.

Now tell me. How badly are you hurting, Conserve?

Note: I originally combined the assets of the Conserve School Trust with those of the Conserve School Corporation when calculating these rankings and drawing comparisons. Upon receiving additional input from knowledgable individuals, I have separated the two and updated the figures to take into consideration only the assets of the Conserve School Trust. Note the numbers haven't changed much. The only change is a drop in total endowment rank of 10th to 14th. Conserve School still has the largest endowment of any school with less than 200 students, and remains the wealthiest school on a per-student basis across the board.


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2010 14:21
 

Lawsuit Filed Against Conserve School

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A lawsuit against Conserve School was filed in Vilas County Circuit Court today on behalf of Conserve Community LLC as well as 20 current freshmen and sophomores and their parents/guardians. Named in the suit were the Conserve School Corporation, the Conserve School Trust, C. Daniel Blythe, John F. Calhoun, Michael J. Sullivan, Ronald V. Kazmar, Michael X. Cronin, James Rinn, and Stefan Anderson. The lawsuit alleges a conflict of interest in the dual roles of the Trustees, and seeks injunctive relief that would either keep Conserve School operating as a four-year institution or reform the Conserve School Corporation Board of Directors. A copy of the complaint is attached to this article.

The case is number 2009CV000054 and is being heard by Judge Neal A. Nielsen III. Wisconsin Circuit Court Access (WCCA) provides court records online, and this case can be followed at the following URL: http://wcca.wicourts.gov/caseDetails.do?caseNo=2009CV000054&countyNo=63&recordCount=13&offset=0. Additionally, an RSS feed is available: http://wcca.wicourts.gov/courtRecordEvents.do?countyNo=63&caseNo=2009CV000054&offset=0&sortDirection=DESC&rss=1.

To join the lawsuit, or to contribute towards the legal fees, please email Conserve Community directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Attachments:
Download this file (Conserve Community Complaint.pdf)Conserve Community Complaint.pdf[ ]90 Kb

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Last Updated on Sunday, 22 February 2009 23:44
 


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