Schools Foundation still under BOE’s control

Published 1:43 pm Friday, January 22, 2016

The Butler County Board of Education tabled a resolution Thursday night to relinquish management of the Butler County Public Schools Foundation.

The foundation, which serves as a fundraising arm for the school system, was started in the early 1990s, but has been inactive for more than a decade.

In recent months, an effort has been made to revive the foundation with a mix of former board members and potential new board members.

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At Thursday’s regular meeting, Butler County Schools Superintendent Amy Bryan asked the BOE to adopt a resolution to amend the articles of incorporation and bylaws to grant authority to the board of directors of the foundation regarding the election of board members, the management of grants funded with money raised by the foundation and to remove the BOE from management of the foundation.

According to Bryan, the school board members felt it was best to table the recommendation until more background information could be gathered.

“They are excited that there are people who are willing to work for our cause, but felt they didn’t have enough information to know what we were asking,” Bryan said.

As superintendent, Bryan is a non-voting member of the foundation’s board of directors.

The aim of the foundation, which will be governed by a board of directors that is made up of non-school system employees, is to raise funds to help meet various needs throughout the school system, such as out-of-county travel to competitions, band uniforms, math tournaments, spelling bees, individual classroom and school projects or mini-grants to aid employees in gathering supplies.

Bryan said she worked on Friday to provide the requested information to the school board members and believes action on the recommendation could be taken at the BOE’s next regular meeting on Feb. 25. That meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Central Office Boardroom located at 949 Oglesby Street in Greenville.