Charter School for Architecture and Design

Santilli & Thomson provide their broad array of business and financial services to the Charter School for Architecture & Design (CHAD) in Center City Philadelphia. According to the Head of the School, Peter Kountz, (retired),  “Jerry Santilli functions as one of our senior staff. We worked like colleagues.”


“You can’t overlook his [Jerry Santilli’s] impact on the charter school landscape…his work originates from a paradigm of generosity.”


Recently, Santilli & Thomson worked with CHAD to systematically repackage the financing for its building with “substantial savings,” according to Kountz. “Santilli & Thomson are our controllers, our financial directors and planners, and our building managers,” says Kountz. “Jerry is our organization guru and I trust him completely. You can’t overlook his impact on the charter school landscape— and it’s important to recognize that his work originates from a paradigm of generosity.”

 



String Theory Schools


Getting an initial charter approved can be an onerous task, according to Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School co-founder Angela Corosanite, but the renewal process is almost as difficult.


“We virtually ‘danced’ through the entire process and were renewed

unconditionally.”


“Knowing you have a fine school and ensuring that your authorizer feels the same way are two different things,” says Corosanite. “Santilli & Thomson made sure that our renewal application touched all the bases—and that we were prepared with everything we needed for our site visit and individual informational meeting. We virtually danced through the entire process and were renewed unconditionally.”


 



Independence Charter School



“In Philadelphia, it’s important to know precisely how the School District functions,” says Jurate Krokys, former CEO of Independence Charter School at 16th & Lombard Streets.“Both Mike Thomson and Jerry Santilli have tremendous breadth of knowledge and experience as public school experts; both have good relationships with people in the district; and this holds true at the state level.”

“Santilli & Thomson don’t just operate as businessmen. They always have the children in mind.”

Santilli & Thomson’s work with Independence runs the gamut. Recently they helped secure an $18 million bond issue for the purchase of a new building. “They function as the school’s controller. And in this role, they have always provided options for whom we work with— offering the pros and cons of each scenario,” says Krokys. Most important, according to Krokys is that “As business managers, Santilli & Thomson don’t just operate as businessmen. They always have the children in mind.”

 

 



 



 Client Schools and their Supporting Foundations