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Montgomery School District discusses starting an educational foundation

By Staff | Mar 6, 2012

MONTGOMERY – The Montgomery School Board discussed the possibility of creating a foundation, approved the sale of the Elimsport Elementary School building and approved 34 athletic hires for the 2011-12 school year.

Board member Benjamin J. Enders explained that a nonprofit educational foundation, similar to the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation, would allow businesses and private citizens to make tax-deductible donations to fund special projects and initiatives within the school district.

“There are no limits to a foundation like this,” Enders said. A foundation would operate independently from the school board and function as a separate entity from the school district. Though members of the school board can be on the foundation board, school board members cannot be the majority vote. The foundation will allow long-term projects and initiatives to be seen through to the end, using funds it has raised.

“There are endless sources of fundraisers that foundations can do,” Enders added.

The board also approved the sale of the Elimsport Elementary School for $230,000 and asked but the refused to release any more information about the buyer at this time.

“The purchase was done through private proposal,” said Superintendent Daphne Ross. “The board has accepted one of those proposals and the buyers still need to be contacted.”