|Perrysburg to start development program|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune|
|Saturday, 08 June 2013 08:24|
PERRYSBURG - Perrysburg Schools, in partnership with the Perrysburg Schools Foundation, is establishing a development program to continue the tradition of academic excellence.
As part of this plan, a full-time development director will be hired this summer to lead the effort of seeking financial gifts from alumni, supporters and those with an affinity for Perrysburg Schools.
The district retained Aly Sterling Philanthropy to assess Perrysburg Schools' fundraising potential, provide strategic direction and lead this recruitment effort.
A salary range has not been set for the new hired. Salary will be commensurate based on experience, said Matt Feasel, district treasurer and chief financial officer.
"The public school funding model is changing, and Perrysburg School District is taking proactive steps in facing these new fiscal realties," stated Thomas L. Hosler, superintendent. "This is a unique concept in traditional public schools: a revenue-generating position. This program's goal will be to enable the district to reduce our reliance on local tax dollars."
The development program is designed to keep the district competitive with private and charter schools that have cultivated donors, many with strong Perrysburg ties. The district loses locally levied funds every time a student leaves for a charter school. Vouchers under discussion at the state level for private schools would be structured similarly.
The development program will also help parents and students since the district will be able to offer more enrichment activities, gap-closing measures and technology integration, which will promote academic excellence. It also enables Perrysburg to continue to be a destination district that provides a well-rounded educational experience.
The district will accept, manage and distribute gifts according to donor wishes and established district goals and priorities that include academics, athletics, facilities, fine and performing arts, programs, materials and technology.
The district has been working closely with the Perrysburg Schools Foundation (PSF), and PSF board President Nick Camp, on this program.
PSF is a nonprofit organization, established in 1983, which was formed to solicit contributions to supplement and enhance existing educational programs in the Perrysburg School District. The original board of directors was comprised of nine citizens who created the mission statement and began raising funds.
PSF was built on the belief that the entire community benefits from excellent schools.
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