Our first ever Kentucky Gives Day (May 14, 2019) campaign exceeded expectations! Thanks to the generosity of current and former school board members, superintendents, education leaders, and friends, the KSBA Educational Foundation, Inc. raised $5,335 for the First Degree Scholarship fund. That is the equivalent of two scholarships. This means, next school year, two additional Kentucky high school seniors will graduate knowing they each have the chance to be the first in their immediate family to receive a postsecondary degree.
We were honored to have 56 supporters for KY Gives Day 2019, ranking in the top ten of 187 participating nonprofits for total number of donors. An astounding 59 percent of this year’s contributions came from new donors. Thank you!
Supporting School Boards and Student Success
Through donations and grants, the Kentucky School Boards Educational Foundation Inc. provides support to the Kentucky School Boards Association, thereby increasing the effectiveness of school boards, promoting the well-being of students and strengthening public schools. This work is reflected in the foundation’s mission statement.
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.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:
- Joe Brothers, Chair - former Elizabethtown Independent school board member; former KSBA president; former chair of Kentucky Board of Education
- Linda Duncan, Treasurer - Jefferson County Board of Education
- Allen Kennedy, Secretary - Hancock County Board of Education and former KSBA president
- Steve Becker - Danville Independent Board of Education and KSBA director-at-large
- Carl Wicklund - Kenton County Board of Education
- Becky Burgett - Gallatin County Board of Education
- Peggy Sue Downs - Marion County Board of Education
- Davonna Page - Russellville Independent Board of Education and KSBA President-elect
- David Turner - Walton-Verona Independent Board of Education
- Kerri Schelling (ex-officio) - KSBA Executive Director