Archive for Thursday, March 8, 2007

State of the District event is planned

March 8, 2007

It may not be the United States president and it may not be televised, but those interested in the Baldwin School District should attend.

The Baldwin Education Foundation is hosting the State of the District Breakfast at 7 a.m. March 15 at the Baker University Harter Union cafeteria.

"I'm going to give a summary of where the district is and where we are going," Supt. Paul Dorathy said. "I might talk about some of the challenges we've been through, but I want most of it to be about the positives and where we are heading."

The education foundation is charging $25 per ticket to the breakfast. Kathy Gerstner, Baldwin Education Foundation director, said they have sold 85 tickets as of Monday night. The tickets can be purchased at the District Office or the Baldwin Junior High School office.

She also said the money raised at the event will go toward funding the 2007 innovative teacher grants this fall.

"All of the money will help fund the innovative grants this fall," Gerstner said. "We gave out nearly $5,000 last year with those grants."

In the fall, the foundation awarded several district teachers grant money for an innovative idea for their classrooms. Each teacher applied for the grant last August.

"I think the Baldwin Education Foundation is a tremendous help to the district," Dorathy said. "The money they raise directly benefits teachers and students in the district. That is what it's all about."

The breakfast will feature a buffet-style meal. The food available will include, eggs, breakfast meats, French toast, oatmeal bar, fruit, coffee and juice.

The foundation is working with Baker University to hold the event, as next week will be Baker's spring break.

"The cooperation with Baker has been fantastic," Gerstner said. "They have been so generous. They have been so nice to work with, it tremendous."

Dorathy and Gerstner are both ready for the event.

"I'm still working on my speech a bit," Dorathy said. "I am trying to get all of my thoughts down. I am going to keep it to an interesting length of time. I will be ready."

Gerstner said the foundation wants this year's event to be the start of a tradition.

"We are excited for it," Gerstner said. "I think we will have around 100 people there. This is an interesting time in the district with lots of events on the horizon. We are hoping to make this an annual event. It should be exciting."

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