What does the Coronado Schools Foundation do?
CSF is a nonprofit 501(c)3 community-based nonprofit that raises money to directly benefit the schools in the Coronado Unified School District (CUSD). Funds generated by CSF donors pay for programs (salaries, equipment and supplies) not mandated or funded by the state of California, but ones our parents and dedicated educators consider necessary to maintain academic excellence. State funding for education in California is inadequate for many basic programs, and insufficient to fund enrichment programs. Our school district receives less than $6,900 a year per student for ADA (average daily attendance), near last in per pupil funding across the USA.
How much should I give?
We ask parents to donate to the level your family can afford. The recommended donation is $300 per child, payable in year-round monthly installments of $25. The Annual Parent Giving form provides options from $18 per month to $209 per month or you can make a single donation.
Coronado Unified schools are the “crown jewels” in our city. Many parents continue to donate long after their children have graduated as well as neighbors, grandparents and alumni. It takes a village to maintain the top-rated public comprehensive school district in San Diego County. Support of the greater community is vital to the continued success of our students while enrolled at our schools and after graduation.
Why do we need to provide supplemental funding for public schools, especially in a town that pays so much in property taxes to Sacramento?
Since Prop 13 was passed, property taxes in almost all jurisdictions including Coronado do not stay within the community. Instead, all property taxes are allocated on a fair-share basis to cities and counties across the state. So, Coronado receives no more than other communities and in fact, often less funding, since the demographics of our students do not provide much in additional funding (like Title 1 funds) except for our military dependents.
As a result, our schools receive the Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding per student and little additional public funding to operate the schools. When your child misses a day of school for any reason, our schools do not receive funding (about $50/day).
We have such beautiful school facilities. Why can’t these CDA funds be used for programs and to increase teacher salaries?
Prior to the dissolution of the Community Development Agencies (CDA) across the state in 2012, the schools benefited from CDA funding through its partnership with the City of Coronado and CDA. These funds allowed CUSD to construct first-class educational facilities. Village Elementary School and the Blumenthal Sports Complex were constructed with CDA funds before 1998.
With the passage of the school bond in 1998, CUSD embarked on a significant building program to update and rebuild outdated facilities: Coronado Middle School (CMS), the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) on 6th Street, a remodeled Silver Strand Elementary and Coronado High School (CHS), installation of artificial field turf and track for Niedermeyer and Cutler Fields, new tennis courts on D Avenue, a swimming pool on the campus of Coronado High School, a new facility for Palm Academy for Learning on D Avenue, a new Maintenance and Operations building at 7th Street, and a new District Office building at 201 6th Street. By law, these funds could not be used for operations or salaries, only to build and improve facilities. Additionally, the District receives funds from home expansion projects.
If I volunteer, am I still expected to give financially?
CSF relies on its volunteer Board of Directors to provide the vision for the future and professional staff oversight as well as a “navy” of volunteers for the annual events. These key supporters not only give their time, but give to their ability financially to support the schools as well. Coronado’s public schools are academically top rated both in comparison to other public schools in San Diego County as well as across the state. If these schools rely only on inadequate and declining public funding, they will no longer be able to maintain the academic edge. Your financial support is critical to their continued success.
Why do we need both CSF and Parent-Teacher Groups at each school?
Both the Foundation and Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTO) are critical to the quality of education in our community and work together to support the schools. In the spring of 2007, the Foundation and parent/teacher group leaders forged a Parent Leadership Council (PLC) that meets bi-monthly with the CUSD Superintendent to coordinate fundraising efforts and ensure our school and classroom needs are being met. We like to summarize the roles by saying, "CSF provides big ticket items like doc-u-cams, and the parent-teacher group buys the lightbulb to keep the technology working." CSF and the Parent Teacher Organizations at each site are two pieces of the funding puzzle, with the parent-teacher group providing teacher teacher classroom grants, hospitality and appreciateion for teachers, serve as a primary communication link for the parents to the school, and provide classroom support. By virtue of their charters, these groups are not intended to provide funding for credentialed teachers’ salaries.
Who makes the Site Block Grant decisions at each school campus?
During Site Strategic Planning meetings held annually by each campus with parents, students, teachers and administrators participating, the site’s greatest needs are determined as well as possible funding sources. These groups make recommendations as to which funding sources would be appropriate to reach site strategic planning goals. Once CSF funding for the next school year is determined in the spring each year, the Site Block Grant Committee, comprised of the faculty members, support staff and administrators who serve on the Site’s Strategic Planning Committee, convenes and drafts a Program Funding Request plan. Each plan is then reviewed by the CUSD Senior Director of Curriculum & Instruction and the CUSD Technology Coordinator; once approved, the CSF CEO and Program Chair review the proposal. Funding proposals are then presented to the CSF Board of Directors in the last quarter of the school year for consideration and approval. This group represents a broad spectrum of the community, including parents of students from all campuses, community leaders and a CUSD Administrative Liaison and CHS Student Representative.
How do I know the District is using CSF grants for their intended purpose?
CSF does not write a blank check to the district. CSF funds programs based on the recommendations of committees at each school, CUSD approval, and the approval of the CSF Board each spring. Please review our Annual Report for more information on the funding priorities. School sites provide mid-year updates regarding funding as well as challenges faced at each site.
Can I make a donation to Islander Sports Foundation (ISF) or Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) through the Coronado Schools Foundation?
Since there are separate foundations within CUSD supporting sports (ISF) and CoSA, CSF is not able to accept donations earmarked for these nonprofit organizations. Per the IRS, this is considered an inter-agency transaction and is not allowed.
Can I give anonymously?
Yes! Just note your request on your donation form.