PPIE announces 'Giving Fund' results

Organization presents Pleasanton school district with check for $515,000

The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE) has announced the results of the 2015-2016 Giving Fund Campaign, which culminated at the third annual Run for Education event on April 12.

PPIE members presented a check in the amount of $515,000 to the Pleasanton Unified School District at Tuesday night's school board meeting.

"This year's campaign started out strong and never let up," said PPIE board president Bob Miller. "Since the campaign kick-off last August during Registration Week, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our parent community and corporate and education partners. We're extremely grateful for their commitment to education in our city."

In addition to direct donations to the Giving Fund, which included employer matching funds, this year's annual donation from the foundation includes proceeds from last October's Toasts & Tastes of Fall and Pleasanton's Run for Education.

PPIE officials said none of the activities would have been possible without the hard work of volunteers, including those who sit on the foundation's Education Foundation Committee (EFC).

"The EFC is a key component of the foundation's organizational structure," said PPIE executive director Susan Hayes. "They are a talented, passionate group of skilled volunteers who see the 'big picture.' In addition to working hard at their individual school sites, they help strengthen the entire district by participating at the foundation level."

PPIE's board of directors took many factors into consideration in developing a funding strategy, including input from district technology administrators such as Chris Hobbs and district technology coach Lisa Highfill -- who helped identify gaps in funding where the foundation could help.

"Once those gaps were identified, we targeted areas that offered a 'force multiplier effect,' asking ourselves where we could target funding to reach the most students possible, and simultaneously support the work of our teachers." Miller said.

Below is the funding distribution breakdown for the 2015-2016 Giving Fund donation from PPIE that aims to benefit students in the 2015-2016 school year.

In March 2015, the foundation pledged to contribute $330,000 to fund four district-wide instructional coaches for the 2015-2016 school year:

• 2 Early Literacy Instructional Coaches ($80,000 ea) -- $160,000

• 1 Math Instructional Coach -- $80,000

• 1 Technology Instructional Coach -- $90,000

The remaining $185,000 is to be distributed to individual schools sites as noted below with the intention that they be used to further PPIE's mission of enhancing learning experiences by focusing on supporting the district technology plan at their sites in areas not yet budgeted by the district, such as classroom infrastructure needs.

• Thomas S. Hart Middle School -- $30,000

• Harvest Park Middle School -- $40,000

• Pleasanton Middle School -- $40,000

• Amador Valley High School -- $38,000

• Foothill High School -- $30,000

• Village High School -- $5,000

• Harvest Park Pre-School -- $2,000

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