Community looking to reestablish Education Foundation

Superintendent Richard Dennis discusses the possible revitalization of the Elmore County Education Foundation. (Amalia Kortright/The Herald)

The Elmore County Board of Education discussed the re-establishment of the Elmore County Education Foundation during a Monday evening meeting.

Superintendent Richard Dennis said several members of the community have approached him about reviving or establishing a new chapter of the foundation.

“I’m actually trying to reach out to some of the members of the previous organization to get their input,” Dennis said.

Dennis said he and several community members are planning to put together a draft of the articles of incorporation.

“I will begin to utilize some school resources to help initiate that at some point until it can take on wings of its own and become self-sufficient,” Dennis said. “One of the things that we talked about is trying to target areas that we’re trying to develop.”

Dennis said several community members have expressed a desire for the organization to focus on local schools’ fine arts programs.

“Elmore County High School and the middle school in Eclectic have had benefits of us trying to do that. They have their own band director at the high school and a full-time person at the middle school,” Dennis said. “That’s something that we feel could be very beneficial to each of our communities.”

In other business, the BOE:

  • Discussed a confidential personnel update with Elmore County Human Resources Director Susanne Goodin.
  • Discussed monthly financial reviews with chief financial officer Jason Mann.