About

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

As a source of growth and support for Lexington County School District One, the Educational Foundation’s mission is to support education and enrich the quality of life in our community by raising and managing funds. Through gifts from our many terrific philanthropic partners, we plant seeds in Lexington District One that bloom into amazing educational opportunities for our students. In addition, the Educational Foundation provides a great deal of need-based financial assistance to our students and employees via grants. Thank you for partnering with us in our efforts by donating to the Educational Foundation!

History

The Lexington County School District One Educational Foundation was established in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) organization that serves as a source of funds to support district programs and initiatives which are outside the scope of the district’s Annual Fund budget. It is governed by a board of directors comprised of Lexington District One parents, local business leaders, district school board members, the district teacher of the year, the district superintendent, and caring community leaders.

Our Foundation Board of Directors has grown from the original five members to the present group of more than 20 community leaders. The board hired the first executive director in 2003 and this position continues to lead the Educational Foundation, along with its dedicated board members, the superintendent, district trustees and staff. The Educational Foundation Board of Directors meets quarterly throughout the school year and holds special meetings as deemed necessary.

Since its inception, the Educational Foundation has been a continuously growing and evolving support arm of the district. The alternative sources of funding generated through the Educational Foundation have focused on a variety of important initiatives, including grants for schools, teachers, and students; scholarships for graduating seniors; financial help to families in need; and innovative educational programs that enhance students’ learning experiences in Lexington County School District One.

Most recently, the Foundation has supported literacy efforts through its Bucks for Books Grants; funded creative educational programs via our Innovation Grants for K-8 Schools; supported teachers with the Michelin Golden Apple Teacher Grants; and increased students’ learning through WP School Garden Mini-Grants. Annually, the Foundation honors the top graduating seniors through its Celebration of Excellence in Education banquet. Furthermore, our high school seniors have the opportunity to apply for numerous Foundation scholarships, thanks to individuals who want to leave a legacy and assist our students in their pursuit of future dreams. We also provide numerous types of financial support to our Lexington District One families in need. Help us strengthen educational opportunities and experiences for our students by making a gift to the Lexington One Educational Foundation today!

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Mr. R. Christopher Rice

Chair

Lisa McMeekin Phillips

Vice–Chair

Ms. Kim Shealy Jeffcoat

Secretary/Treasurer

Ms. Rosemary L. Wilson

Immediate Past Chair

Ms. Jennifer L. Miller

Chief Financial Officer, Ex-Officio

Dr. Gerrita Postlewait

Interim Superintendent, Ex-Officio

Board Members

Mr. Michael L. Boone

Mrs. Sue Carter, Teacher of the Year

Mr. T. David Chao

Ms. Harriet Poe Coker

Mr. Randy M. Cooper

Mr. Rod K. Dooley, Jr.

Ms. Angela C. Douda

Ms. Anne Marie Green

Dr. Richard Kyle Guyton

Ms. Kathryn W. Henson

Mr. LaMyron Jenkins

Mr. Bryan C. Jones

Mr. Brandon A. Mogan

Mr. Vandan K. Shah

Mr. Troy A. Simpson

Dr. Scarlet Raymond Taylor

Ms. Rebecca West

Honorary Board Members

Mr. James A. Compton

Dr. Karl E. Fulmer

Mr. Richard J. Hook

Mr. Michael V. Shealy

Mr. Michael S. Wingard

Foundation Staff

Julie Anderson Washburn

Executive Director

Angela Bonicelli

Executive Secretary

Tracy Rouillard

Secretary

Ashley Summers

Marketing Coordinator
$285,402

invested in Lexington District One in fiscal year 2021-2022

22,000+

Total number of students impacted by Bucks for Books Grants that support literacy

100%

of our 30 schools in Lexington District One received foundation support in 2021-22