Foundation Initiatives

The KSBA Educational Foundation supports a growing number of initiatives to advance public education and the strategic position of school boards throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Much of the foundation’s work is focused on programming that promotes effective school board governance. Some recent examples of foundation-supported programming include (but are not limited to) the following:

Following devastating tornadoes in December 2021, the KSBA Educational Foundation announced a $5,000 gift to the West Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund for Our Schools established by the Western Kentucky Educational Cooperative (WKEC). The contribution, made in the names of Kentucky’s 857 local school board members, coincided with KSBA’s observance of School Board Recognition Month.

KSBA presented the Western Kentucky Educational Cooperative (WKEC) with a gift to its tornado relief fund while the co-op met on site for a board meeting.

In fall 2020, the KSBA Educational Foundation assisted in donating 80,000 reusable cloth masks to Kentucky public schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks were donated directly to Kentucky’s network of Family Resource and Youth Service Centers to ensure they were distributed to some of the Commonwealth’s most underserved communities.

Kerri Schelling, executive director of the Kentucky School Boards Association (right), and Melissa Goins, director of the Division of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers, oversee delivery of boxes containing tens of thousands of cloth masks for Kentucky public school students.

For more than a decade, the First Degree College Scholarship Program has provided scholarships for eligible Kentucky high school seniors to attend any two- or four-year accredited college or university. Recipients are those who would be the first members of their immediate families (parents, guardians, siblings) to earn a degree from an institution of higher education. In 2022, KSBA launched a second scholarship track, awarding nearly 70 Career and Technical Education (CTE) scholarships to Kentucky high school students to fund costs associated with the final assessments required for industry certifications.

The scholarship funds, awarded to students on behalf of the Kentucky School Boards Association, are raised by the foundation and are made possible by the generous contributions of community partners and donors like you. KSBA is grateful to long-time scholarship sponsors American Fidelity Educational Services and Houchens Insurance Group Education. Learn more about KSBA’s scholarship opportunities here.

The KSBAEF previously accepted a grant through the Kentucky Department of Education for a School Emergency Management Program. The program funded six professional development safety coaches to provide training, leadership and technical assistance to local school systems to devise district emergency operation plans in coordination with community stakeholders and emergency service providers.

Through foundation funding, the Kentucky Association of School Business Officials developed for KSBA an updated school finance training curriculum for school board members, along with a series of workshops designed to provide local board teams with a greater knowledge and understanding of their roles and responsibilities in school finance. The workshops also correspond to the KSBA School Board Leadership Guide and fall within the levels of the KSBA Academy of Studies for school board members.

The Menifee County and Breathitt County school boards recently benefited from KSBA Board Team Development training and intervention strategies as the districts sought to improve whilst under state management. The first-of-a-kind training and strategies were designed to build capacity and readiness among board members, aimed at resuming full governance. Training focused on finance, effective board meetings and governance coaching. The work was funded via a Kentucky Department of Education contract with the foundation.

KSBA Educational Foundation, Inc.
260 Democrat Drive
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
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