Beginning its second year, the Wrightsville Beach School Foundation has prioritized its focus on the new Spanish teacher, and school safety and security as its goals for the upcoming year.
Aimee Jones, board member and fundraising chair, said the foundation is also hoping to make improvements to the marine science program to complement PTA efforts.
During an upcoming September Back to School Sunset Social, held for parents, teachers and staff, Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House will talk about ways to improve safety and security at the school, such as installing new door locks.
New Hanover County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley is also scheduled to speak at the event, where the new Spanish teacher will be introduced and foundation members will lay out 2013-14 goals.
The foundation is modeled after two foundations in Raleigh for Needham B. Broughton High School and Lacy Elementary School.
“That’s what gave us the idea,” Jones said. “Hey, we could do greater things if we create a foundation.”
Since the PTA cannot roll over funds into the new school year, the foundation can help fund larger projects. When two additional previously employed temporary classroom trailers were brought to the school, they did not have Smartboards. The foundation stepped in and purchased two Smartboards with projectors for the mobile units.
Also during the 2012-13 school year, the foundation committed a little more than $67,000 for nine initiatives, providing 27 iPads with cases to be used in classroom small groups, 15 laptops for second through fourth grade projects, $600 for e-books for library and teacher use and more.
“We accomplished quite a bit in our first year,” Jones said. “… We just hope to be able to continue to do great things for the elementary school. The better we make the elementary school, the better we make our community.”