Versailles Montessori School Inc
VERSAILLES KY 40383-8959
Contact Information
Nonprofit Versailles Montessori School Inc
VERSAILLES , KY 40383 8959
Phone (859) 873-1998
Fax 859 879-9462
Contact Name Becky Morgan
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At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1995
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations can be given for general fundraising and/or our Annual Scholarship Fund which will finance tuition support for low-income families to attend our school.
   Ways to donate: 
  • Mail a check
  • Website using credit card/Paypal
  • In-kind donations accepted for our fundraising events (prizes & auctions)
Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Parent/Community Professional Services
  • Educational Services
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
To provide a carefully planned educational environment based on Dr. Maria Montessori's educational principles. To create peace through education ... one child at a time.
Background Statement
VMS was established in 1987 by Tony & Rene Guagliardo based on the influence of attending a Montessori program when Tony was preschool age. Since then, VMS has grown from a one ­room school house with one class of 12 students to a campus on 10 acres, offering three programs (Toddler, Primary & Elementary) for 90­-95 students annually.
Besides providing an excellent home-­like school environment for the children to explore and learn, the agricultural element allows for gardening, composting, recycling, animal care and more which characterizes one of the main Montessori ideals, the world is the classroom in which the child should be allowed to explore and internalize, naturally developing appreciation, resilience and concentration.
Impact Statement
Last year's accomplishments:
  • Established monthly parenting class
  • Received grant and installed two wetlands
  • Received educational grant for high tunnel greenhouse in conjunction with KSU
  • Elementary program (1st-6th grade) developed from one to two classes
  • Created fundraising director/marketing position 
Goals for this year:
  • Develop the VMS Annual Scholarship Fund to start offering scholarships to low income families with 2016-2017 school year 
  • Build high tunnel greenhouse
  • Raise highest fundraising dollars in VMS history
  • Continue providing positive environment to foster independence, self-discipline and responsibility in our students
Needs Statement
  • VMS Annual Scholarship Fund ~ $15,000 (full Primary level scholarship)
  • Replace 8 HVAC units ~ $40,000
  • New chicken coop ~ $1,000
  • Montessori materials for new elementary classroom ~ $10,000 
  • Fundraising budget ~ $30,000
CEO/Executive Director Statement
VMS is a unique Montessori school due to its focus in developing community between all relationships involved in raising a child. The support provided by the staff and parents toward each other is remarkable. Many parents comment on this aspect frequently.
Another distinctive feature that serves the child long term is the assistance provided to parents by the staff with raising their children. Parents often share their reflections regarding VMS helping them to be better parents. VMS also offers free monthly parenting classes with a licensed therapist to enhance their support in this.
The 10 acres on which the school is situated also makes this an extraordinary Montessori school.  The playgrounds were created and developed with natural materials in mind, also making use of the trees and grass for an organic, creative area to play. It also makes possible more opportunities to observe and interact with nature.
Board Chair Statement
Working with the administration and staff of Versailles Montessori School has been painless because this is their vocation, and they are passionate about the impact they have on children and recognize these are the future citizens of the world. Dr. Maria Montessori recognized that to make productive, lasting change in the world it was best to start with the children. VMS staff subscribe to that view.
In the beginning, the greatest challenge was educating the community what Montessori was all about and that it had nothing to do with a monastery and monks. That was easily accomplished through open house visits. When it was time to build on our donated, ten acre campus, convincing the banks that we were worthy of a loan was the next challenge. That was overcome by a VMS parent who suggested we take on two notes, an initial loan secured by the property and a smaller loan ($128,000 over five years) to cover the difference, secured by parent guarantees. The bank agreed and approximately 35 families put their name on the line. VMS paid their guaranteed loan off in 3­1/2 years.
This wasn't the only time VMS parents answered the call for support. They also participated with painting the entire inside of the new building allowing the school to come in $13,000 under budget, something that is generally unheard of in the construction world.
Another challenge involved addressing state legislators to change childcare regulations which would make it possible to conduct authentic Montessori classes. To overcome that challenge several Montessori schools joined together, hired an attorney and went to Frankfort convincing state legislators to offer an exemption to nationally accredited Montessori programs from particular state regulations.
The most recent challenge has been trying to keep Montessori from being the best kept secret on child development. With the help of our national organizations we are working on local, state and national levels to make Montessori better understood and more widely known.
Versailles Montessori School is important because it is a long standing, working model of what early childhood education should look like. If the world is going to become a more peaceful environment with passionate, inquisitive and compassionate adult learners, we must begin with the children, and Versailles Montessori School is a wonderful place to start.
Geographic Areas Served
Woodford County
Central Kentucky
Anderson County
Fayette County
Franklin County
Scott County
Jessamine County
Situated between Frankfort and Lexington, VMS is located on 10 acres in Woodford County serving the towns of Versailles and Midway.  We also serve many families from Lexington and Frankfort, in addition to Lawrenceburg, Georgetown, Willisburg and Waddy.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
Making Montessori education accessible as possible has always been a priority for VMS when considering its budget and tuition. VMS also strongly stands behind early education as the best time to invest in a child's education. VMS wants to support both philosophies by providing scholarships in the Toddler (18 mths - 3 yrs) and Primary (3 - ­6 yrs.) programs for underserved children. The ultimate goal would be to have two scholarships in the Toddler program and three in the Primary program.
By providing these scholarships, children that normally would not have a strong early start to their education and life would have the opportunity to get a foundation laid for a successful future. If these children, whom many term as at­-risk, were given a safe and healthy environment where they could freely explore and learn at the crucial early years of development, inner groundwork can be laid that would establish an increased love of learning, confidence, self­-direction and creativity.  We would be addressing the factors that make children at­-risk before they started or at the onset, creating a higher chance of eliminating the factors altogether.
Modern day studies on the benefits of early education are proving what Dr. Maria Montessori discovered at the turn of the 20th century. She developed a classroom environment along with an educational method centered on those discoveries. Providing children what a Montessori classroom offers during their early years has proven to set that child up for better success through the rest of their schooling and transition into adulthood. VMS has been a credible institution for 29 years in implementing Dr. Montessori's ideals and standards.
While providing an excellent instructional program on the school front is critical, at VMS we also recognize creating a partnership with the parents and helping to set up the home environment for success erases many of the factors that classifies a child 'at­-risk.' That's why VMS is excited to make monthly group parenting classes, as well as weekly individual family sessions, available as part of the scholarship program. A licensed therapist on our parent body will be working with us in reaching our overall holistic goals.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
VMS modified the tuition policy for the 2016 -­ 2017 year, diverting reservation funds to the VMS Annual Scholarship Fund. By doing this, we created the first scholarship opportunity for the 2016­ - 2017 school year. To meet our goal of offering five scholarships in the next three to five years additional funding is still needed.
VMS has also recently created Fundraising Director position to dedicate efforts in raising money for the general fundraising program, as well as a specific focus in developing the VMS Annual Scholarship Fund. Having a committed director addresses the aspect of the time and effort involved in developing a new program.
The Fundraising Director will initially lay groundwork with community programs currently available to initiate interest and attention to VMS and the scholarship program, such as BGCF and its Good Giving network. Additionally, the director is working on developing new and established contacts toward a stronger philanthropic relationship. VMS is also expanding its advertising and mailing dollars to reach a wider audience in Woodford and its surrounding counties.
VMS also created a Scholarship Committee. It will not be comprised of anyone from the parent body. There are already three members, an alumni parent, an alumni student and a community supporter of VMS for 10 years.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?
The capacity for success with the scholarship program is substantial. One of the main assets to the program is the administrator himself. Tony Guagliardo had a vision 30 years ago in starting a Montessori school in Woodford County. As the school goes into its 29th year, it's clear that he's dedicated to serving the Bluegrass Region with quality Montessori education.
Not only has VMS become a high standard of Montessori education in the region, but the community, created by the staff and its families, are exemplary in supporting the school and one another. This is noted in fundraising events, as well as when there's catastrophes in people's lives. They rally together to accomplish the needed goal.
Tony also created a position for a Fundraising Director to focus specifically on generating interest and raising money for the school and the scholarship fund. So far, fundraising dollars have increased 55% from last year's earnings.
The business community has been very supportive through the years, too. Businesses in the Bluegrass area have supported with monetary and in-­kind donations for our annual fundraising events. We are confident in their support to generate funds for the VMS Annual Scholarship Fund.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?
VMS will know if progress is being made based on the money raised. We have a certain goal of how much is needed to support a child in both the toddler (18 mths­ - 3 years) and primary (3­ - 6 years) programs, $5,000/year/child. Through record keeping already in place, it will be easy to assess progress.
Assessments and reports will be made on the child receiving the scholarship benefit based on physical, cognitive and communication skills at the onset of enrollment, mid­-year and at the end of the school year. These reports will generate information on the progress being made within the program itself and for the child, not just focusing on the financial support needed to make this happen. With this information, evaluations and specific plans for the program and the child can be improved upon and targets can be readdressed, if needed.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?
In reaching this long­-term goal for the scholarship fund to be used, there have been several accomplishments already. There are three members to the VMS Scholarship Fund committee, an alumni parent, an alumni student and a supportive local business owner.
This committee developed the criteria for the scholarship application, will review those applications and will make the final decision of who will be the recipient(s) of the scholarship fund.
Another accomplishment is the results of talking to one of the parents in our VMS family who is a financial consultant. She is credited with making the recommendation to redirect how certain fees are being used in order to build revenue in the Annual Scholarship Fund. By doing this, she made it possible to move up our goal for finding a recipient to the 2016 - ­2017 school year.
Lastly, as mentioned prior, VMS has a full time fundraising director for the school. Advertising and communication materials are being developed to generate interest in the school and its efforts to reach out to children in need with this scholarship.
This is the first year to really focus efforts on the scholarship, so much is yet to be learned.  However, the biggest obstacle presenting itself is raising the funding needed to support the scholarship program. Creative ideas are continuing to be offered in order to generate the funding needed for the program, but the cold calling and building of relationships is potentially the hardest obstacle to get over.
Board Chair
Board Chair Rene Guagliardo
Company Affiliation Vito's
Board Members
Russ Crawford CMTA EngineersVoting
Rene Guagliardo Vito'sVoting
Tony Guagliardo Versailles Montessori SchoolVoting
Tina Leininger Kentucky One Health-Saint Joseph HospitalVoting
Peg Snyder Self-EmployedVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 75
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 20%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Tony Guagliardo
Company Affiliation VMS
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Tony Guagliardo
Term Start May 1994
Tony has a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Kentucky and his Primary Level (ages 3-6 years) Montessori training from the International Montessori Center in Perugia, Italy.  In July 1987, along with his wife, they opened the first Montessori program in Versailles, Kentucky, Montessori's House of the Children.
In May 1994, they incorporated as a 501C3, non-profit, and opened Versailles Montessori School.  Tony has taught in the classroom for seven years, and been the head of school since 1987. 
In being the CEO and principal, he has 28 years of creating and meeting a budget, managing staff, resolving conflicts, and human resource responsibilities.  He has mastered child development and working with children in a positive and productive manner that helps them reach their fullest potential.
Full Time Staff 12
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 0
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 91%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Russian
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
18 months - 3 years
Toddlers develop a sense of self-reliance by following through an activity from start to finish such as setting the table, scooping their cereal, pouring milk and final cleanup.
The language rich environment encourages strong vocabulary skills and communication, while focused attention on gross and fine motor skills cultivates physical development and self-control. 
Budget 4300
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
3-6 years
As part of the multi-age classroom, older students become role models and mentors, reinforcing cognitive and social skills.
Moving from basics of language and math, children progress to writing short stories and solving challenging mathematical equations.  Additionally, the primary math materials lay the groundwork for higher mathematical concepts such as squaring and algebraic formulas.
As biology and geography lessons encourage exploration of the world around them, students are also immersed in an environment enriched with fine art and music, sparking their creative energies. 
Budget 9700
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
6-12 years
Elementary age children are compelled to work and learn in groups and begin to learn how to relate to society at large.
They are encouraged at all times to take responsibility for their actions, thereby developing a strong sense of personal awareness, self-respect, time management skills and contribution to society.
Reading comprehension, creative writing, abstract mathematics, geometric and algebraic concepts, biology, physical fitness, practical life, arts and humanities are core areas of learning.  VMS is unique in offering care and interaction with animals, in and out of the classroom, as well as cooking experiences. 
Budget 18700
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
Montessori is a method of education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori.  It was established more than 100 years ago and is in more schools worldwide than any other.
With the Montessori method, learning is based on the fact that physical exploration and cognition are linked.  Instead of sitting at desks learning from white boards and worksheets, children learn through their own experiences with materials specifically prepared for that purpose.
Another key aspect of the Montessori method is that working and learning is matched to the social development of the child.  Teachers pay attention to the children as much as the children pay attention to the teacher.
Dr. Montessori's educational philosophy is revolutionary.  She crossed new boundaries and gave the world a scientific method, practical and tested, for bringing forth the very best in young human beings. 
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Infants to Preschool (under age 5), K-12 (5-19 years)
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $807,766.00
Projected Expenses $747,808.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$5,697$9,902$9,320
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,155$1,336$1,605
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$40,869$38,453$32,284
Revenue In-Kind--$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$656,679$588,706$517,561
Administration Expense$97,342$91,442$87,723
Fundraising Expense--$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.141.101.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%87%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$759,167$687,299$677,459
Current Assets$255,838$181,401$159,286
Long-Term Liabilities$294,647$326,529$358,410
Current Liabilities$3,809$3,713$28,357
Total Net Assets$460,170$357,057$290,692
Form 990s
2017 Form 990
2016 Form 990
2015 990 Part 1
2015 990 Part 2
2015 990 Part 3
2014 Form 990
2013 Form 990
2012 Form 990
2011 Form 990
2010 Form 990
2009 Form 990
2008 Form 990
2007 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Major addition to the facility providing a full working kitchen for the students, a meeting room for VMS families and a stage for student performances.
Goal $350,000.00
Amount Raised To Date 130000 as of June 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
VERSAILLES , KY 403838959
Primary Phone 859 873-1998
CEO/Executive Director Tony Guagliardo
Board Chair Rene Guagliardo
Board Chair Company Affiliation Vito's