The Foundation Board members reviewed updates to their bylaws, approved Jim Maher and Monica Sperling continuing as President and Vice President of the Foundation Board, approved the online bookstore contract with MBS, and accepted the donation of a Farm Gator from North Coast Agriculture partners for our Agriculture program.
Sheila Hall noted that the Foundation awarded 257 scholarships for $121,715 the year.
Marty spoke to the fact that the Foundation funded the Dr. Portugal Award that was presented to Dr. Justine M. Shaw; provided money to this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian; covered the costs for the faculty & staff holiday party and the meal expenses for Convocation; paid for promotional items given out at Science Night; sponsored the Math Festival; and funded awards for CR’s art contest for the Prosperity Center in Eureka.
The majority of the meeting was spent discussing current projects and potential new projects. The Foundation’s current projects include establishing a matching grant program, supporting the expansion of student services, securing improved video surveillance systems for all three of the District’s sites, and building media partnerships. Potential new projects include hosting community summits to address social justice and economic issues, supporting the expansion of programs with high community impact; a project to clean-up the ponds and CR’s trail system; securing sponsorship for the Multicultural Center; branding/naming opportunities with the building of CR’s new Creative Arts Complex; working with government/private sector/non-profits on workforce and economic development; and developing scholarships to benefit graduating high school students.
On June 6, the Foundation will be hosting an event at Old Growth Cellars to support CR’s Athletics Program.