How City and Country Handles Their Profits

April 12, 2019

 

When the City and Country School was founded in 1914, its goal was to be a small private school in Lower Manhattan, New York City. However, after many years of change and growth, it has become the flourishing place it is now. 

The tuition for a child from age IIs-IVs is around $22,000-$42,000, Vs-VIIs is $44,800, VIIIs-XIIs is $46,500 and finally, XIII’s parents must pay a whopping $48,000 dollars for one year of tuition. The XIIIs tuition also includes yearly trips to Washington DC, Chicago, or New Orleans. 

This makes sense because it includes lunch every single day, and helps pay for  books, computers, and items for sports like balls, bats, and nets. 

However, looking at the huge numbers parents pay for C&C, there are areas that can benefit from portions of this money. Technology, the P.E. building, and sports in general can be improved. 

There are many amenities City and Country students take for granted that other schools do not even get the chance to have. Those include having a MacBook Pro or Chromebook for every student and a computer lab with two working 3D printers. However, this comes at a cost. The XIIIs’ computers cost around $6,000 with an education discount. 

As for the 3D printers, they are made by MakerBot and go for around $4,100 dollars depending on the retailer. 

Clearly the technology at City and Country is expensive, though this was a one-time purchase. 

As for the buildings themselves, the average price for a West Village brownstone went for around $1.35 million, however, these buildings were built and bought by C&C before the surge in real estate pricing.  

To touch on tuition,  the price for a student to complete grade IVs-XIIIs is $456,900 dollars for the entirety of those years.  

With all this money, there has to be someplace where it goes, right? There is. The main expense is the salaries of around 30 teachers and learning specialists employed by the school, and a total of 106 faculty and staff. This has to be paid every year, along with the influx of money coming from the parents, seems like funds may balance out from time to time, and C&C will be in a good place. 

On the other hand, this also leaves funds to pay for musical instruments and other academic classes around the school, which are allocated a total of four percent of total revenue. 

Some of the funds can be more evenly spread around the school to places that the School may not primitize. 

Some areas that come to mind are sports/P.E., the teaching of APL, and getting ready for high school. 

While major renovations can not be made to 201 because the School rents the property, maybe something can be done about improving it. Walt Shepard, Director of Facilities, said that all renovations had to be approved by The Church of the Village.

 “[The] only thing that we can do is the regular programming, things like sports and P.E can be done without the church's permission.” said Walt.

If you look at Saint Luke’s School, one of City and Country’s rivals, they currently have a nice gym. However, for a long time, they had a similar gym situation to ours. Recently, they renovated and added a new floor on top of their old building and made a gym. 

The average price for a middle and lower school gym is around $81,400. 

I was lucky enough to play in Saint Luke’s gym after it opened and was awestruck. It has a fresh paint job, a new set of partial bleachers, two new basketball hoops and a small balcony to look over the floor. It is truly an amazing addition to the school. A facility like that does leave a small bleak gym like C&C’s in the dust. 

Maybe C&C can give our gym something like a fresh paint job or a centerpiece on the floor that has a school mascot. Just small things like those would change the gym for the better. Also, the materials need an upgrade. Dodgeballs and volleyballs are replaced around once every two years. The need for fresh balls has become urgent. 

Another material in need of help is the volleyball/badminton nets. For example, the nets at Saint Luke’s have two poles on each end to hold them up, and it even has the school’s name on them.

 To compare, C&C has a small net that is hung up between the two sides of the gym, practically waiting to fall down.

To start small, when it comes to the sports teams, specifically teams like the soccer and basketball teams, which share the three percent of funds with after school, many students have experienced both of those teams, and noticed that there has not been any change in the jerseys that are handed out free at the beginning of each season. All the sports teams are grouped together with all of the ad-ins at C&C, like the Debate Club, Scratch with Dan Levy, Capiorea in the Rhythms Room. 

After about two years of both soccer and basketball, I started to realize that I was getting the same exact jersey both years. Yes, it may have had a different number so technically a different shirt, but it had the same design, and still felt partially worn in. It is clear that City and Country does, in fact, make an effort to buy new jerseys because some have fresh tags in the back when received. However, most have been sitting in a cramped box with about fifty other jerseys for at least five to six months, Todd Rosenthal, the sports director, said that they only renew jerseys once every three or four years. I believe this is a very similar case to one on the basketball team side, with no change of jersey style and still a partial worn-in feel. The shorts for the soccer team are a different story, all of them, according to Todd are re-used. You can, in fact, go for the option of wearing your own black shorts, but often students end up just wearing C&C’s free handouts. In my opinion, this whole ordeal is kind of a weird way to approach handing out new jerseys, especially with many members of the basketball team wanting a new jersey style. To wrap things up, these are all just suggestions to the administration of City and Country, and I know that funds may be tight, so giving money to these “less-important” activities may not seem immediately necessary. Finally, as a graduating XIII, I would love to see some of these changes enacted in years to come, it may take a while, but hopefully, XIIIs will be playing in a refurbished gym with better nets and balls in just a few years. 

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