The Schools Foundation is a 501c-3 non-profit organization with one very important goal: to support Huntsville City Schools, Madison County Schools and Madison City Schools of Alabama. We work to create higher expectations and widespread community support, leading to world-class performance of principals, teachers and students.
THE SCHOOLS FOUNDATION
The Foundation serves as an education advocate and provides a central voice for strategic engagement on many of the current and pressing issues relating to education impacting our schools. We have continuous interaction with local and state boards of education and education leaders and serve as a vehicle for individuals and businesses to support public education.
There is nothing more important than our students.
Parent, business, and community involvement are essential for quality education.
Teachers must have personal and career development opportunities that help inspire and prepare students to be successful.
On-going communication among stakeholders creates mutual trust and respect.
We cannot solely depend on local, state and federal governments to fully meet our needs.
Every constituency within the community has a stake and deserves a voice in the success of public education.
WE WORK TO
Support initiatives that promote high expectations for professional leadership.
Ensure an engaged and involved community in order to create a strong sense of belonging, caring, involvement, and support.
Support cross-district collaboration.
Seek financial support for educational needs.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Schools Foundation is composed of an all-volunteer board
representing Huntsville, Madison County, and Madison City.
Bob Berinato - President
Mary Beth Wilson, ERC, Inc. - Vice President
Pat Garner, Adtran, Inc. - Treasurer
Chris Wooten, Wooten Injury Law - Secretary
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Laura Barnard, Sweet Tea Communications, LLC
Mark Debro, Grace, Matthews & Debro, LLC
Sarah Fanning, Retired Teacher
Joel Guske, Redstone Federal Credit Union
Lillian Henderson, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Lori Light, Crestwood Medical Center
Bob Lott, SAIC Corp.
Kristina Minyard, HRecruit LLC
Bekah Schmidt, Toyota Motor North America
Patricia Steele, Huntsville Utilities
Taron Thorpe, CB&S Bank
Tawana Townsend, Dept. of Army
Lt. Gen. Willie Wiliams, USMC (Ret)
Mary Beth Wilson, ERC, Inc.
Drew Hartt Yarbrough, UAH
Stephanie Kelley, Executive Director
Liz Boykin, Administrative Coordinator
A united Schools Foundation was formed in the fall of 2000 to enhance public education in all public schools in Huntsville, Madison County, and the City of Madison. This Foundation identified new partners, eager to contribute toward the enhancement of public education in all area schools.
With the support of the community, this vision has resulted in:
enhanced educational opportunities for students
new professional development opportunities for teachers and principals
the creation of the education taskforce
a pattern of collaboration among the school districts
a growing volunteer organization
Better educational opportunities benefit not only students but also local economic development and the quality of life enjoyed by everyone in our community.
Since 2000, The Schools Foundation has expanded collaboration with community, educational, and corporate partners in support of:
Speak Up Huntsville City, Madison County, and Madison City! -a community engagement initiative
A+ College Ready -for advanced placement in math, science, and English
Principally Speaking Network -with the participation of 72 school principals
Military Child Educational Coalition
Excellence in Education Classroom Grants
Powerful Conversations Network
Team America Rocket Challenge
Distance Learning Technology
North Alabama Kindergarten Conference
The Great Teacher Conference
Sign Up To Round Up! -a citizen driven program with over 2400 participants
Federal Impact Aid program
Department of Defense Education Agency grants
Redstone Arsenal Garrison Education initiatives
Chamber of Commerce Workforce Education Coalition
Quality public education is the key to our future. The Schools Foundation is committed to supporting quality education for all students and contributing to the prosperity of our community.