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Foundation guns for changes

Jason Strykowski, of the Record Staff

The Park City Education Foundation (PCEF), even if the after-school program at McPolin Elementary School proves to be a great success, refuses to rest on its laurels. Aside from evaluating several new programs for the school year after the one upcoming, PCEF will also change the very way that they find future programs.

PCEF, in collaboration with the Park City School District and school board, is currently in search of possible programs to fund for the 2009-2010 scholastic year. Programs that they will consider include: Monies for the International Baccalaureate program, an art program at McPolin, a career and technical education rubric, a district technology director and a community learning center.

Currently, the school board is reviewing these programs and will give a list of its preferred possibilities to PCEF. In turn, PCEF will select those items that best match their directives and they will then begin fundraising for those programs so that they are fully funded by the time they would launch next fall.

The school board could tender their recommendations as soon as their next meeting in several weeks, but will probably need more time to weigh through the benefits of each item before they decide.

Although this system has proved successful for some time, PCEF will change their basic procedures this year and alter the method with which they find and create programs.

Recently, PCEF formed an identification committee to find and develop future funding opportunities. This six-person group will be charged with creating positive programs for the district and ultimately presenting them to the school board for consideration. As defined by PCEF, the committee will: "Evaluate program funding opportunities using established funding criteria as guidelines, oversee teacher grant program including tracking of grant successes use in the classroom and collaborate with Program Assessment Committee."

The committee includes parents, teachers, former school district board members, former school administrators and, of course, PCEF staff. The group will begin meeting regularly sometime in the next few months.


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