In 2014, a small group of Lumpkin County citizens met to find a way to increase support for Lumpkin County Schools. We formed a foundation that would operate in concert with, but that would be independent of the school system leadership. Our desire was to support enhanced learning experiences, and specifically not fund normal day-to-day school activities. After two years of volunteer effort, the Lumpkin County Education Foundation was established.
To briefly summarize:
The group identified why the foundation is needed:
Quality public education benefits everyone in the community.
Austerity cuts and reduced revenue since 2008 have significantly reduced public school funding.
Revenue cuts have resulted in program cuts, staff reductions and furloughs, and few resources available for educational experiences beyond the bare minimum.