San Marino has always considered its children and schools to be at the very heart of the community. Our schools, once again, received the highest API scores in the state of California – for the tenth year in a row.
This is an amazing achievement, especially when you consider that there are over 300 unified school districts in the state. We have all benefited from this legacy of excellence in our schools, either through the outstanding education our children have received or through the enhanced property values resulting from the reputation of our schools.
In fact, the desire to maintain a legacy of excellence in education is the primary reason why the San Marino Schools Foundation was established thirty-two years ago, in response to the passage of Proposition 13 and other cuts in our state’s funding of education.
This year, the Foundation will again strive to raise $3.4 million for the district.
The passage of Proposition 30 avoids current year spending cuts that would have exceeded $1 million for the District – it does not provide new funding.
Accordingly, the District still relies on the funds raised by the Foundation’s Annual Campaign. These funds are a vital source of income for the District’s operating expenses as they fund approximately 38 teaching positions throughout the San Marino Unified School District – roughly one out of four teaching positions in the District.
The Foundation and our community thanks all of those who contributed to the Annual Campaign. The difference between mediocrity and educational excellence is our donors’ commitment to supporting our students and schools. Your generous contribution helps our schools thrive and maintains our property values.
In the next few days you will be receiving a letter from the Foundation. Please consider making a donation if you have not already. All donations are tax-deductible. The Foundation accepts checks and credit cards. You can make a donation online through the Foundation’s website at http://www.smsf.org.
If you have any questions please call the Schools Foundation office at 626-299-7014.
Thank you for continuing to support a legacy of excellence in education in San Marino.
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