The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) stated that the average functional age of a school, after original construction, is 20, 15, and 14 years for small, medium, and large schools, respectively. According to the Colorado Department of Eduction, as of 2010, the average age of a classroom building in Colorado was 40 years old; a number that will only increase over time (NCES).
Furthermore, Colorado ranks 41 out of 51 states (counting the District of Columbia) in technology in schools (Ed Week 2009). Colorado has some catching up to do when it comes to providing its children an adequate 21st century learning facility.
In 2008 with the signing of C.R.S. 22-43.7 Colorado's Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) was enacted. BEST provides an annual amount of funding, in the form of competitive grants, to school districts, charter schools, institute charter schools, boards of cooperative educational services and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. The BEST funds can be used to construct new schools or renovate existing school buildings (BEST Grant Program).
The goal of this project is to create a documentary that acknowledges the people and legislation that are helping to improve the ever aging school buildings of Colorado. By launching this Kickstarter campaign, we hope to build our audience and deliver the film to those who will either benefit from the efforts portrayed in the film or contribute to them.
We have interviewed more than 20 people who are involved with all aspects of the BEST projects and only need a few more to wrap up production. Once we are finished shooting, we will move quickly into post-production in order to complete the film by October of 2013.
The Executive Producer
I grew up in the small town of Center, CO. Center is a small community in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. Surrounded by agriculture, many of Center's residents live at, or below, the poverty level; almost 90% of the students in the Center school district qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. While in Center, I attended the local schools: Haskin Elementary, Skoglund Middle School, and Center High School. Each of these buildings were old, cold, lacking the technology of today, and far from being an inspiring educational environment; however, I did not know how bad it was until I graduated and went on to college.
While I was in college I became aware of the condition of Center's schools along many others in Colorado. In the spring of 2011, I received the opportunity to travel around the state and document the inequity of school buildings for Lobato v. Colorado. Seeing the condition of some of the schools really opened my eyes up to the problem that Colorado has with its aging school buildings.
The Director of Photography
I grew up and currently live in Littleton Colorado. I attended Coronado Elementary School, Normandy Elementary, Deer Creek Middle School, and Chatfield Senior High School, where I received my diploma in 2007. I then attended, and graduated from Hastings College in 2011, with a major in Film and Television Production. I have experienced the value and merits of an education in which a student is cared for, as well as the results when they are disregarded. I feel that this film will benefit residents of Colorado, and set an example for the rest of the educational institutions in this country. This film has the potential to open many eyes not only across Colorado, but the United States as a whole.
Where the Dollars Go
Since we have done most of the shooting on this project we will not be needing a whole lot in terms of funds.
With the help of our backers our budget looks like this:
- $1,000 for Production Assistance
- $600 for Travel (gas in the car and food in our bellies)
- $5,000 for Animation
- $2,000 for Editing
- $1,500 for Score
This project would not be possible without your backing. Thank you very much for taking a look at our campaign. Anything you can do helps! Whether it is spreading the word or putting your faith into our project with your hard earned money, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Let's do this!!!
Risks and challenges
The most significant challenge we face if our project is funded is the viewing party. We do not have a location set as of yet, but we do have ideas. We would like to hold the viewing party in a location that is not hard for people to reach, but on the other hand it would be really neat to have a viewing party in one of the school auditoriums. So that will be figured out, we just have to see what happens with the backers and cross that bridge when we come to it. We will work very hard to appease those who have backed our project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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