Renaissance Arts And Education Inc dba Manatee School For The Arts
PALMETTO FL 34221-4173

The Mission of the Manatee School For the Arts (MSA) is to provide an educational environment that will allow the most students to succeed and grow academically by acknowledging and accommodating different learning styles and multiple intelligence. We believe that is best achieved by a curriculum that infuses and integrates the visual and performing arts into the core academic curriculum and offers a broad range of visual and performing arts as electives.

Mission Statement for MSA High School

The Mission of the Manatee School For the Arts High School is to provide advanced study and training opportunities in the Visual and Performing Arts while offering a strong academic program that maintains high standards and strives for excellence.

CEO/Executive Director Dr. Charles William Jones
Board Chair David Randall Kraner
Board Chair Affiliation United Airlines (retired)
General Info
Organization DBA
Manatee School For The Arts
Supported Organization Renaissance Arts & Education Inc
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1998
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement

1.   Graduated 153 high school seniors – 91%.

2.   Recognized by U.S. News and World Reports in their “Best High  Schools in America” program. Received Bronze award. Only high school in Manatee County to receive an award.

3. Increased student body growth for 16th year in a row.

4. Continued Accreditation by Advanced Ed., Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS-CASI), continued recognition by the State of Florida as a “High Performing Charter School” and by the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools as “Gold Seal of Excellence School.”


1. Increase high school academic elective offerings, especially in the STEM areas of math science, engineering and math.

2. Increase technology in all classrooms.

3. Increase opportunities for students to participate in afterschool arts activities as well as community service activities.

4. Increase funding for student scholarships to reduce student fees for class materials, field trips and other school sponsored activities.

5. Increase funding to reduce costs to high school students for college visitation trips, especially for auditions and interviews.

Needs Statement
1. New State of the Art Performing Arts Facility to service our growing population of students, parents & community members. $10.5 million
2. Expand technology in all classrooms, especially Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) $500,000
3. Seating and lighting in Music courtyard area for outdoor concerts and events $50,000
4. Scholarship funds (to subsidize student fees, field trips and other school sponsored activities such as college visitation, auditioning and interviewing).   $50,000
Background Statement
Manatee School For the Arts was established in 1998.  It began with 6th and 7th grades enrolling approximately 250 students.  It has since grown to serve grades 6 through 12 with an enrollment of nearly 1750 students.  MSA is one of the largest charter schools in Florida.  MSA is locally owned and operated. It uses no management company and is not part of a system or franchise.  It's student body has increased in size for 16 consecutive years.  It is fully accredited and has received numerous awards and recognitions for outstanding performance.  It has maintained a positive financial position since it's inception.  It currently employs nearly 150 faculty and staff.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

I served in the U.S. Air Force flying highly classified reconnaissance aircraft as well as helicopters in Vietnam and fighter jets later. I flew for nearly 30 years as a commercial airline pilot too. But nothing has given me as great a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment as serving as a founding board chairman of Manatee School For The Arts (MSA). When the man behind the school, founder Dr. Charles William Jones came to me and asked me to serve in this position I knew that this would likely be what I would do for many years to come. Dr. Jones and I grew up together right here in Manatee County. Dr. Jones and I share a common vision of what a school should be.

We do not all learn the same way, or at the same rate. Our nation was built on free thinkers. We grew to be the leaders in so many fields because our students were not all the same. They were all unique and wonderfully different. We see all of our students as unique people with strengths and weaknesses. We use the arts to enhance learning in all subject areas. Dr. Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, while not our only approach to this, is certainly much a part of what we do too.

We are a not for profit 501c3. We are not run for, or by any for-profit company as some charter schools are. While our corporation "owns" the assets, should we fail, they would all revert to tax payer ownership.

Our long term vision is to expand by building onto the land holdings we have acquired over the years. That expansion could include anything from additional classrooms to a full four year college built around the arts or, a major performing arts center. However, we will need more than the money we get from the government. We will need donors who have a vision of what education can be and should be. We need donors who understand how much the arts affect education. We seek funding to enhance our excellence.

Art is about who we are. Art is the Rosetta Stone of the human soul. It transcends languages and speaks to our inner being. If we at MSA can get in to the hearts and minds of our students by using art and if we can teach them how to learn and to want to learn for the rest of their lives then we will have succeeded. If our students are looking to be happy and fulfilled in all they do in life and to follow their dreams, then we will have succeeded. In the decade and a half since we started I have not seen a year where I believe we have not accomplished that. It has changed the lives of so many young people and made them good citizens and it has changed me too.

I often tell people that I chose my career path in large part because of the arts. Henry David Thoreau: “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” And "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler." "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals”.

David R, Kraner
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Manatee School For the Arts, where everyone tells their story. Every person has a unique and special story of who they are and how they fit into the ebb and flow of life. We provide a place and a series of experiences that allow young people to explore who they are and who they want to become. We believe that the visual and performing arts are the fundamental vehicle for that self exploration and growth. Quite literally, from the dawn of humanity, teaching, learning, socialization and enculturation were achieved through what we now call the arts.

The oral tradition, storytelling, music, song, dance, drawing, sculpture and theatre all told the story of humanity and their cultures. They insured that the knowledge persisted from generation to generation. At one point, what we call science, math, medicine, architecture, engineering and philosophy were intertwined with and inseparable from the arts.

Today, an arts based curriculum is the most innovative, creative, challenging and thought provoking program that a student can study. The arts train the mind to explore possibilities. They teach divergent thinking to look at the different ways to tell the story and express the information. The arts force us to explore, then to focus and select the most effective and efficient solutions to the problems. In educational jargon, it is called analysis, synthesis and evaluation, in other words, higher order thinking.

We use the arts in every subject taught at MSA. Additionally, the vast majority of our electives are in the arts. We believe that arts emphasis has contributed to the overall excellence of academic performance by our students as expressed in grades, test scores, and graduation rates.

Beyond the school day our students are engaged in arts based activities in every area and have repeatedly won awards and recognition for excellence of performance. Additionally, we have developed a culture of service. Whenever possible, that service is also arts based, but sometimes it’s just picking up trash. We strive to develop the whole person. After all the accolades for our graduates, I always like to say that the most important thing is that they are good people. I can’t think of a more important mission.


1. High School Program.

A. Academic. A major focus of the high school curriculum is advanced academics and college credit. While basic and intensive/remedial classes are offered, students are encouraged to “stretch” themselves academically. Dual Enrollment, college classes are offered on the school campus beginning in 9th grade. From 10th grade on, students take college classes on both the high school campus and at State College of Florida. Many academic electives are offered in all areas, such as Florida History, Psychology, Forensic Science, The Physics of Motorsports and others.

B. Arts.

Dance: Ballroom, Ballet, Tap-Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Irish, Choreography and Dual Enrollment Dance.

Theatre: Theatre, Acting, Musical Theatre, Stage Makeup, Costuming and Stagecraft.

Music: Band (all Instruments), Orchestra (all instruments), Stage Band, Chorus, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano and Sound Recording.

Budget $4,785,673
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success A majority of students will participate in school sponsored activities during, after and outside of school.
Long Term Success More than 90% of High School seniors will graduate.  More than 80% of all graduates will seek additional education/training within five years of graduation.
Program Success Monitoring Grade point averages, test scores, graduation rates and dropout rates are tracked to determine progress.  Students with academic or behavior issues are tracked through the Response to Intervention (RTI) protocols.  Those are reviewed regularly to gauge progress.
Program Success Examples Our seniors have graduated at about the 90% plus mark for nine years.  We are still working on our alumni tracking, but from the information we have been able to gather, many students are attending State Colleges and Universities as well as joining the military.  Some students have been able to use their arts skills to go directly into the workforce, including dance, music, art and theatre.

1. 6th Grade Curriculum. 6th Grade has a special curriculum with two purposes.

A. Academic. It fulfills the academic requirements of the State of Florida. It is designed to serve students at all levels, from remedial, basic, honors and gifted to the very advanced, including high school options and, potentially, college credit.

B. Arts. It is designed to offer every student exposure to various arts disciplines at a very high level. All 6th graders take: ½ year of general music, theatre, dance, traditional art and computer generated art. Those students who enter 6th grade with higher scores on State Tests also take creative writing. These arts courses are generally taught by professional artists who are full time faculty. There are high expectations, for example, all students will learn to read music. However, these courses are graded on a pass/fail basis so that students can participate without fear of damaging their grade point.

Budget $1,941,176
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success They will be successful in their academic classes, i.e. they will pass.  And they will begin to Identify arts areas that they wish to pursue.
Long Term Success Students will complete coursework and continue on to 7th grade.  Academically they will meet the requirements of the school's progression plan to continue.  At the end of 6th grade students will select one or more arts areas that they wish to continue taking coursework.  Ultimately, they will go on to 7th & 8th grades and eventually enter high school.
Program Success Monitoring Academic success will be measured by promotion to subsequent grades.  Arts success will be monitored by reviewing the arts electives they choose in 7th and 8th grades.  It will also be measured by participation in arts based extracurricular programs such as dance teams, theatre and musical productions.
Program Success Examples The vast majority of 6th graders stay at MSA and continue on to 7th and 8th grades.  They select many arts electives and go on to display those skills at the high school level.  A significant percentage of 6th graders stay through high school graduation.

1. Middle School Program.

A. Academic. The academic courses in 7th and 8th grade are designed to meet the needs of students at all levels. There are intensive programs in reading and math for low performing students. There are basic, honors and gifted programs for capable students and high school credit options as well as college credit programs for the extremely capable. Spanish and French are available.

B. Arts. Beginning in 7th grade students can choose four electives from the following arts areas:

Dance: Ballroom, Ballet, Tap-Jazz, Modern, World Dance and Irish.

Theatre: Theatre, Musical Theatre, Stagecraft.

Music: Band (all Instruments), Orchestra (all instruments), Chorus, Guitar and Piano.

Art: 2D/3D, Art Survey, drawing, cartooning, fiber craft and jewelry making.

Digital Art: Graphic Arts, digital photography, digital video and yearbook.

Budget $4,273,151
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success Students will pass their academic classes.  They will develop skills and proficiency in their arts classes
Long Term Success The students will complete middle school and successfully matriculate to high school.
Program Success Monitoring Academic progress is monitored by grades, faculty review and standardized testing. 
Program Success Examples Approximately 85% of 8th graders choose to continue at MSA.  They generally select more than one arts area to study.

1. Extracurricular Arts Performances. Opportunities to participate in after school productions in Music, Dance and Theater are abundant. Students perform in many community activities. Students participate in State, Regional and National Thespian Competitions as well as the Florida Theater Conference. Music students perform in community productions as well as State and Regional competitions.

Budget $100,000
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success Students will learn commitment, service and dedication.  They will develop a sense of loyalty and pride for themselves and their fellow students. They will develop confidence in themselves and their abilities. 
Long Term Success Students will develop life skills by participating in a variety of extracurricular activities.  All clubs and organizations are curriculum based.  Most are arts based.  There are numerous dance teams, middle school Thespians, high school Thespians, after school theatre, dance and music productions, as well as Mock Trial team and many others.
Program Success Monitoring Reports by Faculty advisors will indicate student and program success.  Productions and competitions will reveal the quality of preparation and development.
Program Success Examples Hundreds of students have participated in extracurricular arts programs.  Many have gone on to college, the military or employment with the skills and confidence developed through these experiences.

1. Community Service. There are more than 20 clubs and organizations for students to join. Many of them participate in community service projects, such as Habitat for Humanity as well as Major League Baseball sponsored Action Team.

Budget $10,000
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success Students will learn their own strengths and weaknesses.  They will fulfill their volunteer hour requirements
Long Term Success Students will experience the satisfaction of volunteering and the value of helping their fellow citizens.
Program Success Monitoring Faculty advisers will review and adjust the programs as needed.
Program Success Examples Students have participated in many Habitat for Humanity activities.  They have performed at Nursing homes, Service Club meetings and many other community events.  Recently, the Action Team was recognized by the City of Palmetto, FL and Major League Baseball for keeping the parks in Palmetto, clean and litter free.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Charles William Jones
CEO Term Start Feb 1998
CEO/Executive Director Email

Charles W. Jones, Ph.D.  

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Ph.D., 1978 Major: Foundations of Education, Minor: Anthropology.  Cognate: Behavioral Sciences

Ed.S., 1974 Major: Foundations of Education, Minor: Anthropology. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

M.Ed. 1973 Major: Foundations of Education, Minor: Anthropology.  University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

B.A., Philosophy, 1970, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

A.A., 1968, Manatee Junior College, Bradenton, FL


Manatee School For the Arts, Palmetto, FL. Founder and Principal, 8/98 - Present

Renaissance Arts and Education, Inc., Bradenton, FL. President, 2/98 - Present

Born For Broadway, Inc., Bradenton, FL. President, 9/96 - Present (currently inactive)

Software Sales Systems, Bradenton, FL. President and Partner/Owner, 1/94 - 9/96

Healthcare Resources Group, Sarasota, FL. Regional Manager, Physician Search/Recruitment and Placement, 9/95 - 3/97

Northwestern College of Chiropractic, Bloomington, MN. (now - Northwestern Health Sciences University) Vice President of Academic Affairs, 9/85 - 8/94, Chief Academic Officer for programs leading to the degrees Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Doctor of Chiropractic

Marshall University, School of Medicine, Huntington, WV. Director of Continuing Medical Education and Associate Professor of Family and Community Health, 1/80 - 9/85

Central Florida Community College, Ocala, FL. Associate Professor, Special Services, Social Science and Psychology, 1/74 - 1/80

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Sandra G. Deitrich CPAChief Fiancial Officer
Terence Devine M.Ed.Assistant Principal of Student and Instructional Support
Kelly Hillman Director of Marketing and Events
Dr. Steven Marshall DoctorateAssistant Principal of Academics
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 150
Part Time Staff 20
Staff Retention Rate % 90
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 3
Volunteers 20
Management Reports to Board No
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
School Board of Manatee County, Purdue University
External Assessments and Accreditations
Council on Accreditation and School Improvement2004
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools2004
Awards & Recognition
Gold Seal School of ExcellenceFlorida Consortium of Public Charter Schools2011
High Performing Charter SchoolFlorida Department of Education2010
Best High Schools in America - National Bronze AwardU.S. News and World Reports2014
Risk Management Provisions
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair David Randall Kraner
Company Affiliation United Airlines (retired)
Board Term Aug 1998 to Aug 2020
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Louise Blankenship Retired
Van Brown Retired
Patrick Bryant Community Volunteer
David Randall Kraner United Airlines (retired)
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 10
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 93
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $14,389,771.00
Projected Expenses $14,279,069.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$524,552$567,470$11,840,371
Individual Contributions$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$11,560
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$36,214$23,526$47,734
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$13,691,597$12,236,070$11,004,620
Administration Expense$719,139$837,943$675,204
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.041.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%94%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$19,274,780$19,313,290$18,366,532
Current Assets$2,569,998$2,478,539$1,873,587
Long-Term Liabilities$13,664,924$14,136,725$13,877,843
Current Liabilities$1,183,912$1,195,992$1,066,193
Total Net Assets$4,425,944$3,980,573$3,422,496
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFTE - Per Student Funding $13,282,925FTE - Per Student Funding $12,813,342Government Grants - State $11,340,208
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther Revenue $795,506Government Grants - Unspecified $567,470Government Grants - Federal $500,163
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $524,552Food Service $209,384Other $297,824
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $150,001 - $175,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.172.071.76
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets71%73%76%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990 and audited financial statements.  Contributions may include foundation and corporate support. In 2012 and 2013, contributions are commingled with other revenue on the Federal 990.
Nonprofit Renaissance Arts And Education Inc dba Manatee School For The Arts
Address 700 HABEN BLVD
Phone 941 721-6800 1137