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Reports from St. James

 

The Vestry and Strategic Planning Committee updates.

 

Killgore Hall Update

Posted on Sat, June 24, 2017 at 12:51:00 pm

 

At our June 19, 2017 Vestry meeting, we approved spending up to $224,000 to demolish Killgore Hall and construct a parking lot/playground on the site, subject to the Day School agreeing to pay for the project. The Day School Board has enthusiastically supported financing the demolition of Killgore Hall and converting the site into temporary playground space.

However, the Day School Board is concerned about trying to accomplish the demolition during the summer of 2017, due to timing issues with respect to job completion before school opens, and defining/obtaining financing prior to starting the project. At the Day School Board’s request, Senior Warden Gerry Sulzer has terminated all efforts to demolish Killgore Hall this summer. Postponing the project until the summer of 2018 allows the Board to firm up their financing, and expands the window for completing the work to the full summer break. Gerry Sulzer also asked the Day School Board to establish a committee to take charge of developing the schedule, costs, financing, and contracting of the work, since this work has become a Day School project.

We are still moving forward with emptying Killgore Hall this summer, hopefully by the end of June/early July. Leaving the building in place for another year will incur some ongoing expenses (utilities and possible insurance and maintenance), we expect these costs to be on the order of $10K or less and will ask the Day School to bear these expenses.

Memo to the Vestry from Senior Warden Gerry Sulzer
June 24, 2017

May 2017 Parish Meeting

Posted on Sun, May 07, 2017 at 8:06:00 pm

 

Take me right to the video.

Agenda (downloadable, here) of May 7, 2017 Parish Update Presentation:

  1. Welcome
  2. New rector search process
  3. Music program update (26:08)
  4. The Love of Christ Always report (32:20)
  5. The Campus Plan (as developed by CPEX) (36:10)
  6. Reorganization of the Vestry (56:40)

TL;DR:

  • The search committee should be formed by the June vestry meeting, although the search process may take another year, through the issue of a call to a new rector. (The 2002 Parish Profile is here; the 1994 Parish Profile is here.)
  • Vestry meetings may be moving back one week so that financial reports are received and books balanced before the Finance Committee and vestry meetings.
  • The vestry has made personnel decisions based on need and finances.
  • Randy East and Jason Hubbard are leaving their posts, effective after the May 21 worship services. Read more, here. Eric Johnson, Director of the St. James Treble Choir, and Sara Bray, Director of the Cherub Choir, have been hired as interim co-directors of the St. James Choir. Joe+ is researching and considering the need and possibilities of a full-time music director for St. James.
  • The Love of Christ Always active campaign has concluded (though your check and/or pledge will still be accepted!) with pledges or checks in hand totaling $2,193,005, and the contract with Durable Slate has been signed and they are pursuing necessary permits to begin scaffolding this summer.
  • Bids are being pursued to demolish Killgore Hall and use the area as parking until such time as a campaign for a building as envisioned in the Campus Plan is put into consideration. In its current configuration, the challenges of security, control, and efficient usage of space are requiring time, effort, commitment of church and Day School personnel, as well as practical expenses (utilities, etc.) in excess of its benefits.
  • Joe+ is developing a plan for the vestry with four main areas of involvement so the communication and reporting to and from the vestry is better maintained.

 


CPEX Presentation

Posted on Mon, October 31, 2016 at 1:58:00 pm

 

Representatives of the CPEX team made their final presentation of a Master Plan design for St. James Episcopal Church to the parish on Tuesday, October 18, before a crowd of over 130 in Bishops Hall. You can view the presentation, and follow along with a downloadable PDF of the presentation slides, here.

Thank you to Allison Kaple and Rodger Green for the recordings from which this presentation was created.

 

 


Brick Presentation

Posted on Mon, August 08, 2016 at 7:23:00 am

Gary Howes of the Durable Group gives a presentation In Bishops Hall, describing work needed to repair and preserve our historic church building.
Gary, an expert in historic preservation, describes the problems with the brick and mortar system used during previous repairs, why corrective repairs are required, and the repair methods being proposed to restore and preserve our church building.

Update: The Capital Campaign Case Statement can be downloaded in PDF format, here.

You can view it here:


Draft Master Plan Presentation

Posted on Tue, May 17, 2016 at 2:36:00 pm

CPEX representatives Boo Thomas and Haley Blakeman presented the rationale and drawings of the CPEX Draft Master Plan before an audience in Bishops Hall on Tuesday, May 10. You can view the presentation slides here. Comments and suggestions remain open until June 1 and should be directed to Haley Blakeman.


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