Board president, superintendent issue joint letter

Sharon Wallin

IUSD Board of Education President Sharon Wallin and Superintendent Gwen Gross recently co-authored a letter to families outlining the local impact of the state budget crisis and encouraging support for the Irvine Public Schools Foundation, which has initiated a campaign to raise funds for 2010-11.

Here’s an excerpt:

As a school district, we are not in the business of fundraising. Our mission is to offer the highest quality educational experience we can envision – period. However, these are extraordinary times, and we want to make sure our parents and community members know exactly what is at stake. Come September, some changes may be obvious; others, perhaps less so. Either way, we would be remiss in not making this plea now while there’s still time to make a difference.

The Irvine Public Schools Foundation is the only organization with the reach and resources to impact every school – and every child – in our district. If you’ve ever considered making a donation to preserve excellence in the classroom, or even to help maintain the property values that are linked to our schools’ performance, now is the time to visit

To read the entire letter, click here.