GLENWOOD | Several federal technology grants are expiring for Brookwood District 167, but the district has a backup plan.
The Brookwood Education Foundation, an independent 501c organization, is being revived by the district to help fill the gaps.
"The purpose of the foundation is to serve as a vehicle for soliciting, receiving and allocating gifts, grants and bequests of money, property or services to enhance and enrich the programs, activities and facilities of the school district," Superintendent Pam Hollich said. "This is an excellent time to expand the use of the foundation to foster new ideas and projects for the district."
Hollich, who retired and was succeeded by Valorie Moore on July 1, gave the School Board a presentation on the organization at its June meeting.
The foundation was started in 1993 but has been less active in recent years and needed revival. Its board of directors comprises the superintendent, up to two School Board members, teachers and members of the community. It holds quarterly meetings and has formal bylaws.
Board President Deborah Birmingham said there are no School Board members on the group's board of directors right now.
"Empowering students to become lifelong learners and decision making using 21st century technology is a top priority of the School Board and school district," Birmingham said. "I believe the Education Foundation will be instrumental in helping us achieve that goal."
In the past, the foundation funded mini-grants for special assemblies, evening events for families and special projects for teachers, Hollich said. Teachers applied for the grants and the foundation's board would make the final decision.
"(My hope is that) that the foundation becomes a financially stable and viable entity to fund special projects particularly in the area of technology," Hollich said. "The district's technology committee has been working diligently to develop a three- to five-year-plan for staff and student computer use across the district."
The second annual "Birdies for Brookwood" golf outing took place June 20 at Glenwoodie Golf Course to raise funds for the Education Foundation. Figures aren't yet totaled, but all indications are the outing was a success.
Hollich said she hopes the foundation will expand to include more community members to foster more engagement between the district and its stakeholders.