History of the Foundation
The delivery of public education has become increasingly encumbered and difficult to adequately fund. Social turmoil, rapidly expanding technology, ever-increasing government mandates, diminishing state aid, and increasing tax payer resistance all contribute to the complexity and persistence of this problem. The challenge to communities everywhere is to find ways to continue to provide quality educational experiences for their children under these circumstances.
The Fayetteville-Manlius Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that has been created by members of our community to help meet this challenge and to help ensure continued excellence in education for the Fayetteville-Manlius children of today and tomorrow.
The Fayetteville-Manlius Education Foundation was formally established June 17, 1992, at its first annual organizational meeting. Its mission is to enable the Fayetteville-Manlius School District to provide a school program which is superior to that which could be provided if the district were solely dependent on public financing.
Its goals are to accrue funds and award grants to:
- supplement the funding of District programs and projects which are already supported by public financing at a basic level, but which can be substantially improved and enhanced by additional private sector financing, and
- finance school projects and activities that are consistent with approved school district programming, but might not receive funding from traditional services such as the district budget or state and federal governments.
Proposals for grants will be accepted from all affiliated groups and individuals of any Fayetteville-Manlius School. The Foundation hopes to accrue its monies by soliciting alumni, individuals and corporations, through bequests, and by promoting special events.
Public school foundations are not a new idea; thousands are presently in existence and they are predicted to become increasingly prominent in this country. Nonetheless, those of us in Fayetteville-Manlius who are involved with the Education Foundation are truly pioneers.
In New York similar foundations can be found in West Irondequoit, Rochester, and Brewster, but ours is the first of its kind in Central New York, distinguishing us as a proactive community interested in seeking new and effective ways of maintaining the tradition of excellence we have come to expect in our schools.