Perrysburg hires fundraising director PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 22 August 2013 08:47
PERRYSBURG - Local schools are taking a step toward self-funding by hiring a development director to recruit gifts and donations.
The school board on Monday approved hiring Jeff Abke in the new position that will find him searching for sources of potential revenue for the district.
A 1996 Perrysburg High School graduate, Abke will be responsible for garnering donations from alumni and community members interested in supporting the school district. He will earn $77,000 annually.
Superintendent Tom Hosler said Abke's success in fundraising would reduce the need for the district to request additional levy funds from taxpayers.
"Not only is Jeff highly qualified to help build this new program, but he is also an alumnus, so he is very tuned in to Perrysburg," Hosler said.
"This program's goal is ultimately to reduce our reliance on local tax dollars and give individuals or organizations an opportunity to directly support the programs that mean the most to them."
Abke was most recently assistant director of advancement for a boarding school in Pomfret, Conn. The hiring was coordinated with the Perrysburg Schools Foundation and Nick Camp, its board president.
Separately Monday, the board learned the results of a survey to determine community members' perceptions of the district's effectiveness.
"Our community is judged on the strengths of our schools, and we want to know how we're doing," Hosler said.
The Stakeholder Survey, which included 950 responses from active voters, showed that 57 percent would grade the district with an "A," and another 37 percent a "B."
The questionnaire also asked how respondents receive their school news, and whether they were aware that a new school building would soon be needed to keep up with an increasing student population.
Cost of the survey was about $3,000. The data obtained relates to the district's strategic plan, which was also briefly reviewed Monday.
Hosler reported that a teacher and parent survey indicated more than half of respondents were interested in regular and honors courses during the summer.
The board agreed to reorganize the plan to better match the state's plan, the Ohio Improvement Process. They also plan to schedule a retreat to review the plan during the following school year.
Board members agreed to reschedule their next regular meeting to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30.

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