Greenville Education Foundation to add to its capital campaign

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 12:13 pm on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

GREENVILLE — The Education Foundation of Greenville will be adding another leg to the OUR3 Capital Campaign.

The OUR3 Capital Campaign is a $1 million endowment to ensure funding for the performing arts program, programs for academically ambitious students and now athletes at Greenville Public Schools.

During Monday night’s Greenville Public Schools Board of Education special meeting, the board approved adding an athletic fund to the foundation’s campaign.

“This is wonderful news,” said Foundation Chairwoman Norice Rasmussen in response to the vote.
Board Trustee John Raven asked Rasmussen how other extracurricular activities, such as DECA — a co-curricular association of high school marketing students — would be included in the new endowment.

Rasmussen said clubs would fall into academic enhancement categories. She said the endowment is designed to have most clubs fall into one of the three categories.

Board Treasurer James Anderson asked about the procedure for deciding who receives funds. Rasmussen said a recommendation is made by Superintendent Pete Haines or someone Haines appoints to the foundation committee.

“(The foundation) works very close with the school district,” noted Board President Janet Ralph.

In other business…
• The school board went into closed session to talk about Superintendent Pete Haines’ evaluation, which will be discussed at the next board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13.

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