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BCSD Looks to Start Fundraising Group for Itself

BEDFORD, N.Y. — The Bedford Central School District is beginning its path toward creating a broad-based fundraising foundation, according to Suzanne Grant, school board member, at the district’s board meeting Wednesday night.

Due to tightening of budgets and tough economic times, the communication subcommittee, which Grant is a member of, will be taking the task on to try and develop the foundation.

While she had the floor in the Little Theater in the Fox Lane Middle School Wednesday, she described it as “something we’ve been contemplating for a while. This board, previous boards, our staff and administration have all been talking about it for some time.”

Grant said the goals of the foundation would be to preserve the educational programs and support the extracurricular experiences the school district is known for.

“Due to the financial challenges we’re faced with now and those in the foreseeable future, the hope is to reach out and draw support of a variety of sources both from inside the community and out.”

Susan Elion Wollin, president of the board of education, said she supports the venture, and noted that the new need for a foundation gives added perspective to the influence of the Fox Lane Booster Club since its start in 2009.

“What we have learned so far is that a lot of foundations for school districts are very successful, and it actually reinforces how much the Fox Lane Booster Club has done in a short time,” Wollin said.

The next move for the communication subcommittee is to take the preliminary steps, testing the water to see what local outreach they can influence.

“The foundation will be district inspired, but community driven,” Grant said. “The next step is to look for gathering thinkers, doers, influencers and givers to help us conceive and implement this.”

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