Jourdanton Education Foundation forms

The Jourdanton Education Foundation formed and established its board members on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Pictured, back row are Tim Forrest, Jack Powell, Eric Kaiser, Katrina Wiatrek, Ralph Ayala, Audrey McCleary, Diana Seiffert, Jim Andrus and Cody Orr; front are Theresa McAllister, Stephanie Collins, Trace Blair, Michelle Klumb, Kari Vickers, Maggie Aguilar, Shellie Kaiser, Tiffiney Willmon, Clemente Galindo, Benita Muckleroy, Michele Higginbotham, Barbara Peeler, Amber Schorsch and Debra Swaim. Not pictured are Mike Castellano and Lori Steyn. COURTESY PHOTO

The Jourdanton Education Foundation formed and established its board members on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Pictured, back row are Tim Forrest, Jack Powell, Eric Kaiser, Katrina Wiatrek, Ralph Ayala, Audrey McCleary, Diana Seiffert, Jim Andrus and Cody Orr; front are Theresa McAllister, Stephanie Collins, Trace Blair, Michelle Klumb, Kari Vickers, Maggie Aguilar, Shellie Kaiser, Tiffiney Willmon, Clemente Galindo, Benita Muckleroy, Michele Higginbotham, Barbara Peeler, Amber Schorsch and Debra Swaim. Not pictured are Mike Castellano and Lori Steyn. COURTESY PHOTO

A group of prominent community leaders have come together to form a foundation to support Jourdanton public schools. The Jourdanton Education Foundation (JEF) has announced their focus to enhance community support and to expand resources that enrich teaching, inspire learning, and maximize opportunities for all students in the Jourdanton School District.

The sole purpose of the newly formed Jourdanton Education Foundation is to benefit the Jourdanton School District by providing funds for educational programs and activities which are not funded by the normal operating budget. These funds will be used to facilitate student achievement and skill development, to recognize and encourage staff excellence and to expand community involvement from individuals, businesses and civic organizations. Funding priorities will also include funds for innovative teaching grants that will provide resources directly to the classroom for teachers to implement exciting new educational programs.

The Jourdanton Education Foundation is a charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Service section 501 (c)(3) and contributions to the organization are tax deductible. According to Stephanie Collins, JEF President, the idea for the foundation grew from a need for supplemental funds and awareness of a growing number of edu- cation foundations serving Central Texas school districts. “We brought in Foundation Innovation LLC, a firm which specializes in developing foundations to ensure that we meet our first year goals and objectives,” she added. Foundation Innovation has worked with many communities and school districts in Texas and other states to establish foundations to benefit public school systems. According to Laurie Cromwell, CFRE, of Foundation Innovation, “Following in the footsteps of public universities and colleges, K-12 school districts and their local communities are establishing their own foundations to leverage private dollars and expand opportunities for their teachers and students. There are currently hundreds of education foundations set up in Texas and the number continues to grow.”

“The Education Foundation Board of Directors is dedicated to our community and educational excellence and I am proud to serve with them to support and enhance the tools available to the district,” states Theresa McAllister, JISD Superintendent. “We are very excited that community members have organized to help attract private funds to benefit our schools,” she added.

Board members at the time of this publication are: Stephanie M. Collins, President; Theresa McAllister, Superintendent; Jack Powell, VP of Programs; Katrina Wiatrek, VP of Development; Benita Muckleroy, VP of Finance; Tiffiney Willmon, VP of Marketing; Eric Kaiser, Director at Large; Kari Vickers, Secretary; Barbara Peeler; Audrey McCleary; Ralph Ayala; Trace Blair; Jim Andrus; Cody Orr; Amber Schorsch; Diana Sieffert; Lori Steyn; Shellie Kaiser; Michele Higginbotham; Maggie Aguilar; Debra Swaim; Mike Castellano; Tim Forrest; Clemente Galindo; Kelli Hindes and Michelle Klumb.

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