WALNUT CREEK -- How fundraising should be done for the city's schools in the future is at the heart of a subcommittee the Walnut Creek School Board reinstated at its Aug. 18 meeting.

Last year the board created a Collaborative Fundraising Committee to assess the feasibility of having all school sites, parent councils and the education foundation fundraise cooperatively instead of independently from one another. After a report from that committee in June, the board realized there were people who felt strongly for and against a collaborative approach, and on Aug. 18 authorized another committee to continue studying the issue.

"We realize that some parents are in favor of collaborative fundraising, but we also realize that other parents have concerns and need more information," said district Superintendent Patricia Wool in an e-mail letter to the community. "It is critical that we assure all parents that no school will lose under such a fundraising model. The culture of each school would remain unique, and each school's special programs would continue."

The committee will be comprised of Mandy Wells and Heidi Gatty, as former chairs of the committee. These women will represent Murwood and Walnut Heights respectively; then, representatives from the other four school sites, either a PTA/PTO president or a designee, will be chosen. The superintendent and a board member will continue to serve on the committee, as will a representative from the Walnut Creek Education Foundation. There also will be two at-large members and a Las Lomas High School parent member.


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To apply for one of the at-large positions, download and complete an application at www.walnutcreeksd.org, due to the superintendent's office by Thursday, Sept. 4. The board will choose the at-large members on Sept. 8. The board expects to have a definitive proposal on collaborative fundraising by November.

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    With two incumbents choosing not to run for re-election, five people have filed to fill the three open four-year seats on the Walnut Creek School Board. They are Stacey Schweppe, who works in retail merchandising/planning; incumbent Barbara S. Pennington, on the board since 2002; Heidi Hernandez Gatty, client services director; Aimee Moss, community volunteer; and Sherri McGoff, school finance technician

    Current board Clerk Angela Borchardt and board President Jon-Michael Johnson will leave the board once their terms expire in December. Borchardt has been on the school board since 2003, Johnson since 2010.

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    Ygnacio Valley High School Instrumental Music Boosters is raising money for students to play in New Orleans this spring. Help by purchasing tickets for the Oct. 25 ComedySportz show; by donating items to its Nov. 15 rummage sale; or by donating at http://www.gofundme.com/ap0v4g. A generous unnamed donor will match all donations made up to $1,000 through Sept. 15. E-mail ygnaciomusic@gmail.com for more information.

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