Saratoga Education Foundation Donates $1M to Local Schools

Check is presented to Saratoga Union School District trustees Tuesday, Feb. 12.

The Saratoga Education Foundation presented Saratoga Union School District trustees a check for $1,022,286 at their Feb. 12 meeting in the district office conference room, 20460 Forrest Hills Dr.

The district posted the news on its Facebook page thanking SEF co-Presidents Tom Cobourn and David Guidry and all SUSD parents for their valuable contribution to its students.

The SEF team has been working hard to encourage donations to ensure that the district, which serves more than 2,170 students at three elementary and one middle schools, can continue the same programs for the 2013-14 school year.

The nonprofit organization, started more than 30 years ago, was recommending a donation of $800 per child. On Jan. 27, SEF held its annual Phonathon fundraiser. Donations are tax deductible.

The money raised by the SEF has expanded to cover not only science programs, but music, physical education, visual arts, computers, library and media instruction.

Due to education budget cuts at the state level, which have impacted the district, the SEF's support has been key, according to its co-presidents.

In the organization's September 2012 report, they wrote that the budget constraints in Sacramento have put "enormous pressure" on the district. The SEF's annual grant is carefully split between Argonaut, Foothill and Saratoga elementary schools and Redwood Middle School.

There are about 875 students at Redwood Middle School and 1,325 students at the three elementary schools; about a 40/60 split, the SEF said.


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