Southwest

A New Kind of Partnership

A grant from the Walton Family Foundation allowed us to begin operations in Texas in 2017. We have since built relationships with the Texas Charter School Association and The Network to provide charter school support.

Building Hope’s Texas operations are anchored by our Texas Charter Support Unit. Whereas the CSU concentrates in other regions on providing administrative and accounting services, the Texas CSU allows charter school operators and stakeholders to access the full range of Building Hope’s services in the region. The Texas CSU’s main goal is to assess the needs of both the Texas charter landscape(s) and of each of our partner schools to determine what kind of assistance we can provide. 

Regional Highlights

Our projects in Texas and the Southwest include:

  • Charter Landscape Assessments: We provide a basic overview and understanding of the charter school sectors in Texas’s cities, helping you determine how your school fits into the educational landscape and stakeholders’ priorities.
  • Launch Year/Emerging School Support: Building Hope provides technical consultation to assist both newly launched and existing schools (of less than two years).
  • Facilities Planning: We offer guidance to schools planning for a permanent location, whether building a new facility or acquiring an existing one, using our knowledge of the state and its charter school markets to provide personalized assistance with the process.
  • Long-Term Financial Planning: We serve as a bridge solution to charter schools that are growing toward accessing the bond market, especially in gaining eligibility for the Texas Permanent School Fund.

EXPERienced partnership

School administrators are focused on educating students, and are not real estate or construction experts. Building Hope provides schools with facilities planning expertise to make the process easy and beneficial for their partners.

Brandon Ziegler
Walton Family Foundation

Completed Projects

Highlighted below are just a few of our completed projects in the region. If you are interested in working with Building Hope, please get in touch with our regional manager.  

Regional Manager

Shawn McCormack

Shawn McCormack

Southwest Regional Manager

Shawn joined Building Hope in 2018 and works to build locally based partnerships in education reform and to develop trusted relationships with high-performing charter schools. Shawn is a CPA and previously worked as a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Additionally, he was previously a Broad Resident in Urban Education, and the Director of Finance, then Chief Financial Officer, for KIPP San Antonio Public Schools. Shawn has a BS in finance and a Master’s in accounting from Tulane University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a master’s degree in education leadership from the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems.

smmcormack@bhope.org
(726) 888-6990 O
(617) 935-3406 M