CORE, Champions of Rolla Education, the Rolla Public Schools foundation, is in the midst of its annual membership drive, Tracy Phenix, president of the CORE Board of Directors, told the Rolla Board of Education Thursday night.
“Our 2013 Membership Drive is underway, with a goal of increasing both individual and corporate memberships,” Phenix told the board. “CORE hopes to continue to increase their support of enrichment programs and activities in each of the Rolla Public Schools, impacting students at every grade level.”
Phenix said CORE each year provides about $100,000 worth of enrichment to the children in Rolla schools.
Founded in 1991 by former Superintendent of Schools Dr. D. Kent King, the foundation continues to operate with this mission statement: “In order to encourage the highest educational standards in the Rolla Public Schools and to increase community pride in those schools, the Rolla Public Schools Foundation (Champions of Rolla Education or CORE) is established to provide financial support for enrichment programs and activities where no other source of funding is available.”
Phenix said of the phrase “no other source of funding”: “That’s the key.” CORE sponsors enrichment activities for which the district has no money available. These acitivities include trips to places like the St. Louis Science Center, the St. Louis Zoo, Powell Symphony Hall, the Missouri Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and art museums.
In addition to trips to other cities, CORE also finances local field trips, as well as competitions, festivals and other cultural and educational events.
Phenix had photographic slides to show to the board, depicting children on those trips.
Phelps County Bank is a generous donor, and Brewer Science and Panera provide grants in partnership with CORE to teachers for specific uses.
CORE hosts an annual honors banquet for high-achieving students, honors teachers during a special appreciation week and administers several scholarships.
Phenix noted CORE will help with memorial contributions.
Membership levels are $50 for individuals, $75 for couples or families, $250 for corporations and $25 for school employees.
For more information, call 458-0100, the Administration Building, or log onto http://rolla.k12.mo.us/community/core/
In other business or discussion:
The board watched the Monthly Board Report via streaming video from the Missouri School Boards Association. In this month’s report, the state budget and the Legislature’s effort to cut taxes was a major topic.
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Jim Moody, the MSBA’s government relations consultant, said the school foundation formula is dramatically underfunded and a tax cut will not help that. In fact, he said, the previous tax cuts by the Legislature have not led to significant job growth, the reason for the tax cuts.
Moody also noted that in the past, the Legislature has sought to fully fund the school foundation formula, but “that consensus has disappeared.”
The Monthly Board Report can be viewed by the public at http://www.msbanet.org/monthly-msba-board-report.html/ .
n The board noted spring break will be March 25-29.
n Board meetings in April will be April 4 and April 18.