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Non-profit formed to provide funding to Lockhart ISD
Some business and community leaders in Lockhart have joined forces..to form a non-profit foundation to help the school district. According to the Lockhart Education Foundation: A
Lockhart business and community leaders have launched a new non-profit foundation to provide direct financial support for innovative classroom projects in the Lockhart Independent School District.
The Education Foundation for Lockhart ISD will raise money from businesses and individuals to fund grants for classroom projects that aren’t supported in the school district’s operations budget. Teachers will apply directly to the Foundation for grants, which will be awarded annually beginning next year.
“Talented and dedicated teachers are always looking for additional resources that can help them become more effective and engage kids at a higher level,” said Rick Womble, president of the Lockhart ISD Board of Trustees. “The Foundation will put dollars into the hands of these teachers where it can directly impact education in the classroom.”
The Foundation was organized with the help of a group of area businesses that came together earlier this year to determine the best way to promote and assist the growing Lockhart school district.
“The high-quality Lockhart schools are a valuable and sometimes overlooked asset for the growing SH 130 corridor, and we want to help make them even better,” said SH 130 Concession Co. CEO Javier Gutierrez.
SH 130 Concession Co., Walton Development and Management, First Lockhart National Bank, Sabre Commercial, Bluebonnet Cooperative and Centerpoint at Lockhart hired Foundation Innovation, a Buda-based consultant that has helped establish similar education foundations around the state including in Austin, Boerne, Pflugerville, Wimberley and Hays County.
The Lockhart Education Foundation has received 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service and recently elected its first officers:
- Alan Fielder, President
- Christian Cisneros, VP of Marketing
- Wes Selman, VP of Programs
- Fred Weber, VP of Finance/Governance
- Michael Martin Wright, Secretary
- Tim Clark, Executive Committee Member at Large
These officers will continue working with Foundation Innovation in the coming months to develop guidelines for a transparent grant application and decision-making process and firm up future fundraising plans.
The organization is entirely independent from the Lockhart school district, and the Foundation’s board will make all decisions on fundraising and grants awarded.
“We want to foster innovation and creativity and things that really impact the students in a positive manner with some thinking outside the box,” said newly elected president Alan Fielder.
Target amounts for fundraising and grants awarded annually have yet to be determined, but the businesses that helped get the Foundation started will continue their support.
“Walton is proud to be one of the founding members of the Lockhart Education Foundation and looks forward to working together with the other partners to expand educational opportunities for our children, build awareness about the school district’s positive attributes, support vital educational programs and provide grants to teachers for worthwhile student enrichment programs,” said Becky Collins, General Manager, Walton Development and Management, Austin.