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Conserve School senior Erty Seidel has published an animated commentary on the planned transition. It can be viewed on his website at http://ertyseidel.com/Flash/GoldenStatue.swf

Conserve School parent Michael Leizermen produced a video explaining and analyzing the details of the situation at Conserve titled "Why can't you run a school on $180M?" Watch it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPuLtWBFKRM


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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2009 22:20
 

Conserve School Trust Gained $15.6 Million for the Fiscal Year Ending June 2008

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I have obtained a copy of the Form 990 for the Conserve School Trust for the FYE June 30, 2008. It has been scanned and attached to this article.

Highlights:

  • The Trust earned dividend revenue of $8,227.238.
  • The Trust provided funding to Conserve School in the amount of $4,973,767
  • The stake held in CSTW dropped from roughly 59% fo 54%.
  • Unrealized gains in fair market value of investments added $12.8 million to the value of the Trust
  • The net assets of the Trust increased from $177,160,873 to $192,713,870

These numbers only take us up to June 30, 2008. More recent events are not reflected. However, this document proves the 2007-2008 school year was a very successful one. It further calls into question the extent to which the Trustees now claim the Trust is impaired, and reinforces the possibility that there were other motives behind the move to transition to a semester school. If nothing else, it highlights the abrupt manner in which monumental decisions were made.

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Download this file (Conserve School Trust - 2008.pdf)Conserve School Trust - 2008.pdf[Form 990 for the Conserve School Trust - FYE June 30, 2008]1343 Kb

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2009 22:20
 

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RSS 2.0 feeds have been published for both the Blog and the Homepage. This functionality was requested by several site members. If you use an RSS aggregator, you can now subscribe to our feeds and get updates right in your client. The Blog feed contains every article published to the site, while the Homepage feed contains only the articles deemed newsworthy enough for the front page. The feeds can be accessed by clicking the buttons on the left sidebar. Both feeds contain the ten most recent articles in their respective categories.

Note that certain articles are currently restricted to registered users only. The RSS feed will only contain articles published at the "Public" access level. The site administrators will be making a determination whether to leave this dichotomy in place, or to adopt a policy of publishing all articles at the Public access level. Until such a determination is made, be aware that there may be certain articles that are only viewable by logging in to this site.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2009 02:33
 

Request for Information Delayed

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My quest for the most recent Conserve School Trust Form 990 has been stalled by virtue of being sent the wrong document by Stefan. Despite being very explicit in the request, I received in the mail a copy of the Form 990 for the Conserve School Corporation instead of the Form 990 for the Conserve School Trust. I have requested the information again, this time from Ron Kazmar directly. When I receive it, I will scan and post it here.


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Last Updated on Friday, 13 February 2009 12:46
 

Letter from Conserve to State of Wisconsin re: Mass Layoff

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Attached is a letter from Felix Banton to the State of Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development regarding the mass layoff at Conserve.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2009 07:37
 

Press Release 02-09-09

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Press Release 02-09-09 from the ConserveCommunity

Dear Conserve Community: below you will find a press release, it is also attached as a .pdf and .doc. Please read it. And then please pass it along to your local media outlets as well as any other media contacts or ideas you may have.

Please leave comments below!

Thank you!

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2009 17:11
 

Letter Writing Campaign Started!

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A Letter Writing Campaign Has Been Started!

Please Visit The Article: Letter Writing Campaign  for more information.

Your Help will be very Appreciated!

Thank You!


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Last Updated on Friday, 13 February 2009 12:44
 

Letter Writing Campaign

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We need to spread the word; we need to start a good old fashion letter writing campaign.

Lets Save Conserve School! 

It is easy to get started!  Just open the attachments, add your name & address on the bottom of the second page, print it out, sign it and mail it!

You can do this with a group of friends, but remember to send letters individually because volume is important!

Pre-written letters have been addressed to:

 Senator FeingoldSenator Holperin   Senator KohlRepresentative Kagen Arne Duncan – Secretary of Education 
 Oprah Bill Gates Captain Lovell Carl Pope of the Sierra Club Allison Chin of the Sierra Club 

If you have more contacts that should be notified, please leave a comment with their name and address. 

We have also attached a template of this letter.

 

*Note, We are no longer, writing to the Wisconsin Audubon Society. They are sympathetic to our cause, but have no affiliation with Conserve School. We were confused, Conserve School actually is and Audubon International Signature Sanctuary, a designation given by the nonprofit group Audubon International, whom has no affiliation with the Wisconsin Audubon Society. If you would like to write to Audubon International, here is their address:

 

Audubon International Headquarters
46 Rarick Road, Selkirk, New York 12158

 

Please help us get these in the mail!

     

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Download this file (Assembly_Kagen_2_9_Conserve_School_Information_Letter.doc)Assembly_Kagen_2_9_Conserve_School_Information_Letter.doc[Requires Microsoft Word ]33 Kb
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Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2009 19:56
 


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