The $1.3 Million Question: Why does your district need its own development office?

Frye, Gary Lee
December 2005
American School Board Journal;Dec2005, Vol. 192 Issue 12, p22
The article talks about the need for school districts to acquire a system for obtaining funds from grants and other nontraditional sources. Over the past few years, budget shortfalls have forced many school boards to make tough decisions about what education programs must go, rather than about what new programs to support. Many districts are forming local education foundations or development offices to support student needs. One of the first to take this step was the Norfolk Public Schools in Virginia. A better way to proceed is to look first at needed programs that will have a positive impact on students, and plan the grant writing accordingly.


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