ALDINE– A steering committee of interested citizens met with education foundation consulting firm Foundation Innovation, to learn about techniques of starting such an organization for the Aldine school district.
The meeting on April 3 was hosted by the Aldine ISD, and held at M. O. Campbell Center. AISD superintendent Wanda Bamberg acted as host, and the meeting was conducted by Laurie Cromwell and Milli Christner of Foundation Innovation.
Bamberg explained to the group that most school districts have a foundation, to raise funds for extra support for school activities, innovative teacher projects, performance grants, and scholarships. Aldine is one of the few large districts in Texas without a foundation.
it was explained that a foundation provides a vehicle for parents and businesses to continue to support the schools, after other relationships have ended, such as parental.
A district the size of Aldine could raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, a much needed fund source in the current climate of budget austerity.
The current ASF or Aldine Scholarship Foundation only raises scholarship money for students to attend Lone Star College, and does not fund the same types of projects.
The committee plans to meet monthly, organize committees to plan programs and fundraising on a long term basis.