Mission

To help students pursue unlimited potential; to support teachers for innovative and exemplary teaching; and to engage the community in assuring quality education for the leaders of tomorrow.

Goals

  • Provide innovative teaching grants.
  • Support programs targeted by district goals.
  • Provide student/teacher recognition.
  • Reinforce innovative programs.
  • Implement advanced technology.

Status

The Education Foundation is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) public corporation operating independently under its own board of directors. The Foundation’s vision is enhancing education in Friendswood Independent School District.

Bylaws & IPS

Amended Jan. 12, 2017

How We Work

  • By providing funds for educational programs and activities (targeted by district goals) that are under funded or not funded by the normal operating budget)
  • By fostering creative approaches to education through private grants.
  • By awarding funds through a volunteer Board of Directors committee made up of business, community and educational leaders.
  • By increasing private community support for educational activities in FISD.

Investment

  • Awarded funds annually to teachers and campuses in FISD since its establishment in 1999.
  • Established an Endowment Fund now totaling more than $1,222,439 to assure the financial security of the foundation.
  • Awarded grants totaling over $187,000 in 2016/2017.
  • Total grant distribution since inception: $1,499,504.84

Payoff

  • Rated Exemplary for Community and Student Engagement
  • District rated the highest rating given by the Texas Education Association (TEA).
  • District test scores highest in Galveston County, the Greater Houston Metroplex and usually in the Region IV area with 50+ school districts.
  • District won state’s highest Fiscal Accountability Award.
  • District rated as Met Standard, the highest rating given by the Texas Education Association (TEA).
  • Character Education since 1987 with Westwood Bales named first State and National School of Character.
  • National level competitors in contests for art, German, forensics, business, computer science, cheerleaders, Wranglerettes & Color Guard, science fair, robotics, and Career Tech organizations.
  • 9% of Senior Class qualified for National Merit Program
  • Lone Star Cup recipient three times (2014, 2010, and 2009).