Supporting School Boards and Student Success
Mission: The KSBA Educational Foundation advances the strategic position of school boards through the funding of association support, services, and professional training. Better board teams mean better public schools.
Through partnerships with other organizations, the foundation seeks to fulfill its priorities of:
- Training/education for school board members
- Community engagement
- Student support services
- School Safety
Examples of Foundation Work
The foundation accepted a grant through the Kentucky Department of Education for a School Emergency Management Program. This program funded six professional development safety coaches to provide training, leadership and technical assistance to help local school systems devise a district emergency operations plan in coordination with community stakeholders and emergency service providers.
Through foundation funding, the Kentucky Association of School Business Officials developed for KSBA an updated school finance training curriculum for school board members, along with a series of workshops designed to provide local board teams with a greater knowledge and understanding of their roles and responsibilities in school finance. The workshops also correspond to the KSBA School Board Leadership Guide and fall within the levels of the KSBA Academy of Studies for school board members.
The school boards in Menifee County and Breathitt County benefited from KSBA Board Team Development training and intervention strategies as the districts sought to improve under state management. The first-of-a-kind training and strategies were designed to build capacity and readiness among Menifee County and Breathitt County board members, aimed at resuming full governance. Training focused on finance, effective board meetings and governance coaching. The work was funded via a Kentucky Department of Education contract with the foundation.
The First Degree College Scholarship Program provides two $2,500 scholarships for eligible Kentucky high school seniors to attend any two- or four-year accredited college or university. Recipients are those who would be the first members of their immediate families (parents, guardians, siblings) to earn a degree from an institution of higher education. The scholarship funds are raised by the foundation and are made possible by the generous contributions of community partners and donors like you. Learn about our most recent giving initiatives to support the First Degree Scholarship. To Give
Interested in supporting programs like this, or have an idea for a project? The Kentucky School Boards Educational Foundation Inc. is an ideal vehicle for education-related contributions that focus on the work and effectiveness of school boards. It is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, so donations are tax-deductible. For more information, please contact Josh Shoulta at 502-783-0073 or Steve Smith at 1-800-372-2962, ext. 1218.
The Kentucky School Boards Education Foundation Inc. is governed by a nine-member board of directors appointed by the president of the Kentucky School Boards Association. Current foundation board members are:
- Steve Becker - Danville Independent Board of Education and KSBA director-at-large
- Joe Brothers - former Elizabethtown Independent school board member; former KSBA president; former chair of Kentucky Board of Education
- Becky Burgett - Gallatin County Board of Education
- Linda Duncan - Jefferson County Board of Education
- Peggy Sue Downs - Marion County Board of Education
- Allen Kennedy - Hancock County Board of Education and former KSBA president
- Davonna Page - Russellville Independent Board of Education and KSBA President-elect
- Carl Wicklund - Kenton County Board of Education
- Kerri Schelling (ex-officio) - KSBA Executive Director
- David Turner, Chair - Walton-Verona Independent Board of Education