Amid efforts to fulfill its fundraising goal, the Los Altos Educational Foundation last week appointed nine new board members for the 2010-2011 school year.
The foundation, a non-profit group of parent volunteers representing the seven elementary and two junior high schools in the Los Altos School District, has pledged $2.35 million to the district for the school year, an increase of $540,000 over the previous year.
The money will fund staff for junior-high electives and art, music, science and PE programs. The increased grant also will help maintain small class sizes and extend library hours.
To meet its financial commitment, the foundation suggested increasing the annual donation from parents to $1,000 per child, or a monthly donation of $100 per month per child.
Parents appointed to the board this year join 19 already serving. New members are:
• Almond School parents Frank Brucato, Marcia Chmyz and Heather Quigley.
• Covington School parents Matt Abrahams and Anjana Nagarajan-Butaney.
• Gardner Bullis School parents Jennifer Carlstrom and Nikki Selden.
• Loyola School parent Marilyn Stanley.
• Springer School parent Brooke Schiller.
For a full list of foundation board members, visit www.laefonline.org/about_us/board_of_directors_1.html.
Glenn Goldberg continues as foundation president and Kristine Bardman as vice president, with Rick Altinger and Laurel Iverson stepping in as treasurer and secretary, respectively.
“(Foundation) funding for staff and programs gives us local control over our children’s education and helps our district deliver the education that we all want for our kids,” Goldberg said. “Donating to our schools through (the foundation) is our way of investing in what we value: our children’s education.”
New board member Stanley agreed.
“One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is a superior education here in the Los Altos School District,” she said. “I am honored to be on the board of the foundation, giving back to the schools that have given so much to us.”
The annual foundation phonathon is scheduled Oct. 18-21. Foundation officials encourage parents to donate prior to Oct. 15 to reduce the number of phone calls parent volunteers need to make. The foundation strives for 100 percent participation from all families in the school district, as representatives claim the grant benefits every student in the district.
For more information, visit www.laefonline.org.