Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00
In response to the current and growing financial gap between what the Roslyn Public Schools require and what is funded by tax dollars and government subsidy, a dedicated group of concerned Roslyn citizens have joined together to form READ (The Foundation for Roslyn’s Educational Advancement and Development).
“READ is a newly formed non-profit organization that will raise funds through the private sector and will seek to distribute these funds as grants to the Roslyn Public Schools for various educational and capital projects,” said Jason Garmise, president of READ. “Capital will be allocated to important initiatives that are identified by READ in concert with members of the Roslyn community. READ has developed a strong relationship with the district’s administration and school board.”
READ’s vision and operating structure have been modeled after similar existing foundations in neighboring public school districts. Through various events, alumni outreach and fundraising programs, READ will provide the Roslyn Public Schools with funding and services in order to enrich the experience of students in the district. READ has built a robust process to determine the most effective way to allocate capital, relying heavily on guidance from both the administration and the school board. Projects that READ expects to fund will affect all aspects of the students’ learning experience. They will include, but not be limited to, technology, capital improvements, character-building programs and teacher grants for classroom-specific projects.
“I am so pleased to have READ as a partner in building a better Roslyn school district,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dan Brenner. “Given the decline in funding from the state and other sources, and the imposition of a cap on property taxes, there couldn’t be a more critical time for the school district to have such an enthusiastic group of parents and other residents willing to step forward and help sustain the programs and initiatives that are so important to our students’ school experience. READ’s members follow in a long Roslyn tradition of highly supportive individuals who have worked to ensure the academic success of all the community’s children. I welcome their efforts and look forward to collaborating with them in the years to come.”
READ (The Foundation for Roslyn’s Educational Advancement and Development) is a non-profit organization created under New York State law on April 29, 2011, for the sole benefit of the Roslyn Public Schools. READ has filed for recognition by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization. READ is governed by a board of directors comprised of members of the Roslyn community and works closely with the Roslyn School District’s Administration and Board of Trustees.