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Plans for a Holtville Unified foundation going forward, more discussion Monday

March 24, 2001|By LAURA MACKENZIE, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — Business leaders, educators and community members here met Tuesday to discuss establishing an educational foundation for the Holtville Unified School District.

Carlos Vega, Holtville schools superintendent, said about 20 people showed up for the meeting.

"They are gung-ho for starting this," Vega said.

Local attorney Brooks Anderholt was asked to be the facilitator of the foundation and accepted that assignment.

"It's going forward," said Vega.

Vega said he anticipates the foundation being a funnel for donations and a way to raise funds for extracurricular activities or extra things for classes.

The foundation will be run by a board of directors made up of community members. Members of the board have not yet been chosen.

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"It will be discussed at our meeting on Monday," Vega said.

The school district will serve as a resource to the foundation.

Vega said the foundation would be for all schools in Holtville and would offer funding support for programs such as mock trial, drama, band and educational field trips.

Criteria for determining the use of funds will have to be decided by the board.

Vega said those involved have researched other educational foundations and will base the Holtville foundation on several established and successful models.

"I am very optimistic that this project will take hold," Vega said. "There is indication that there is an interest and support for this in the community."

There will be another informational and organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Holtville High School library. Anyone interested is welcome.

Staff Writer Laura MacKenzie can be reached at 337-3442.

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