South Western School District has always been conservative and financially responsible in its management of funds to provide for the best education of its students. Over the 50 years of existence, the District has gained the reputation of being one of the best school districts in the area. There are many more educational opportunities and programs the District would wish to implement to make the School District even better, but funding is not available. This situation has become more critical in the past few years with the State’s redistribution of education dollars, as well as the passage of Act I in 2006 limiting a school district’s ability to raise tax dollars for new and innovative educational opportunities for the students and the community. To be able to add such new programming into the District, additional resources for funding are necessary.
South Western School District has developed “A Legacy of Excellence” over its first fifty years. It is not satisfied and wants to extend to the level of EXCEPTIONAL by initiating additional programs and opportunities for students and the community. To have the additional funds to be able to do this, an Education Foundation funded with individual and corporate donations is the avenue to accomplish that. Building an education fund with privately funded dollars will allow the District to have access to monies to use for new and expanded programs with no added tax dollars involved and no state or federal strings attached.
Areas the School District feels it could improve its services to the community include such programs as early intervention for preschoolers, health and wellness initiatives, enhanced substance abuse programs, leadership programs, promoting school-to-work initiatives, expand training opportunities, funding music/arts/author related special programs, teacher grants to acquire special skills, senior citizen education programs. The list is never ending as to what the District could do for the community if the funds would be available.