Buckeye Foundation saves jobs
SHINGLE SPRINGS — At the Buckeye Union School District Board of Trustees meeting held Aug. 17 the board voted to utilize a recent grant from the private Buckeye Education Foundation to reinstate district physical education (P.E.) and library positions previously cut for the 2011-12 school year.
“Thanks to the generosity of our community’s gifts to the Buckeye Education Foundation, we’re extremely proud that our foundation is able to again this year help fund vital campus positions for all seven schools in the district,” explained Jon Yoffie, president of Buckeye Education Foundation. “Strong library and P.E. programs are essential to the overall health and academic success of every single one of our students.”
According to district documents, funding for the P.E. specialist will allow for each first- through fifth-grade classroom to receive 10 additional days (30 minutes per day, per class) of P.E. instruction and exercise under the direction of a credentialed P.E. specialist.
Funding for the library associate position will allow the two middle school libraries to stay open after school every day, except for Wednesdays because of early release schedules. Additionally, the funding will allow libraries at each of the five elementary schools to be open more hours during the school week and have more efficient systems for re-shelving books — two factors key to the successful rollout of the district’s Accelerated Reader program.
District Superintendent David Roth expressed appreciation for the foundation’s effort, saying, “The Buckeye Union School District is grateful for the support of the Buckeye Education Foundation and all of the families who support the foundation. We know that our students and teachers will benefit from the foundation’s support of P.E. specialist and library associate services, which contribute to a richer public school experience.”
Yoffie explained support from the business community also has been widespread. “We have numerous partners, local companies and corporations, who have supported the foundation financially and through volunteer efforts,” he said. “We are fortunate to live in area that understands and appreciates the value quality public schools bring to the entire region.”
The Buckeye Education Foundation’s 2011-12 annual Campaign Drive began last week and runs through Sept. 10. Donation information is available at buckeyefoundation.org.