Nathaniel Moran, WISD Education Foundation President and Vince Primo, WISD School Board President, sign the MOU entered during Monday's regular school board meeting.

Whitehouse, Texas- Whitehouse Independent School District Board members approved the execution of a memorandum of understanding with the Whitehouse ISD Education Foundation during Monday’s regular school board meeting. The MOU sets general parameters on the relationship between the District and the newly-organized Education Foundation, solidifies the Board’s support of the Foundation, and reaffirms the unified commitment of the District, School Board, and the Foundation for enhancing educational opportunities for WISD students.

The WISD Education Foundation, founded just this year, has been working throughout the summer to prepare for its first year of fund-raising and its first round of selecting teacher grants for funding with private dollars raised from individuals and businesses in the community. The Foundation anticipates that its first innovative teacher grants will be awarded by the end of the fall semester. The grants are intended to promote excellence in education by providing supplemental funds for enrichment purposes in program areas not otherwise funded by the District. Whitehouse ISD teachers will have the opportunity to submit grant applications to request funds. The Foundation anticipates finalizing the schedule for grant applications by the beginning of the school year. That information will be available to teachers and the public on the Foundation’s website, www.wisdef.org, which will be live by the first day of classes for the fall semester.
“The District is excited to see the immense amount of progress that has occurred during the past few months since the Foundation was formed, and we are confident that there are great successes ahead for teachers, students, and the District as a whole as a result of this newly-formed, community, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing educational opportunities in the classroom,” said Vince Primo, WISD School Board President.

The Foundation has recently secured its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, which allows donations to be deducted as charitable contributions as defined by the Internal Revenue Code. “Achieving our 501 (c)(3) status is an important milestone for the Foundation because it legitimizes and reinforces our charitable mission and gives donors assurances that their gifts will be used in the manner intended-to enhance the education of WISD students in the classroom,” said Foundation Board President Nathaniel Moran. “Our all-volunteer board has worked tirelessly this summer to prepare for the coming year. We can’t wait to see what happens when we connect the generous donations from the community with the life-changing ideas of our teachers. The sky is the limit.”

For more information or to donate to the WISD Education Foundation, contact Nathaniel Moran at 903-571-5667 or visit the website www.wisdef.org.