Bainbridge Schools Foundation Programs
We fund staff salaries to reduce class size. We are the only fund raising arm of the district that can raise funds for salaries.
We fund teacher training. Every school, every teacher receives an annual amount for continued education.
We fund enrichment grants for the classroom. Each year, teachers apply for grants to fund programs that are innovative and enhance their ability to teach. These are programs would not get funded without these grants.
We fund a district wide initiative for K-12 STEM, science, technology engineering and math. 50% of the money designated for classroom enrichment grants will be dedicated to STEM in 2012.
We fund the Wings program, a program focused on students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. BISD has an autism rate that is 3x the national average.
We fund Innovation.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Bainbridge Schools Foundation had another successful year and donated $1,009,400 to the Bainbridge Island School District in 2011-12. Seven teacher salaries, teacher training, classroom enrichment, remedial reading and our new autism spectrum disorder Wings program was funded. Over 1300 donations were received. Since funding to our district has been cut 15% (over $4.5 million dollars) in the last 4 years, our fund raising efforts are very critical.
We have pledged to raise another $1,000,000 for Bainbridge Island School District in 2012-13. This record donation will fund $625,000 for teacher salaries, $165,000 for a new K-12 STEM initiative, $70,000 for teacher training, $40,000 for the Wings (ASD) program and $67,000 in classroom enrichment grants. We are currently fund raising for these needs and have hired back 7 teachers based on this pledge. Any donation you can make for our schools is greatly appreciated!