Sustaining Educational Excellence

History

We are an independent non-profit 501-(c) 3 organization that was formed in 1996 by a group of committed parents and residents who realized that our school district could not afford to support every initiative that could enhance the educational experience of our children. Private funds were needed to bridge the gap.

The initial project was to work with the Boosters on an extensive renovation of Kusel Stadium, adding a press box, restrooms and concession stand and turf at the high school. The Foundation then helped renovate the Natatorium at the high school and auditoriums and gyms throughout the District.

As time went on, The Foundation realized that we needed to be more than a “project-oriented” group. We needed to raise money continuously to help preserve, enhance and sustain educational excellence throughout the Mariemont School District and maintain the quality of education we have all come to expect.

We support a broad range of needs within the School District encompassing what we consider “the whole” educational experience. We partner with the School District to identify and invest in significant initiatives that support the academic component of an excellent educational experience. We support the efforts of other organizations that help round out the educational experience, including arts and athletics.

In 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Foundation and the Mariemont Alumni Association detailing the merging of the two organizations. Per this MOU, the Foundation formed a new committee, the Alumni Association Committee, to be chaired by a Foundation Trustee that is also an alumnus of Mariemont High School.

The merging of these two organizations will alow both organizations to more effectively fulfill their missions. The mission of the Alumni Association Committee is to build and maintain relationships among Mariemont alumni through local events, to connect with non-local alumni, and to leverage alumni relationships in support of the overal MSF mission.

Contribution Highlights

Each year the Foundation contributes significantly to the School District through both disbursements of unreserved funds to support District requests and through the disbursement of reserved funds for specific programs.

2016: $143,000 distributed to the District to fund:

  • Warriors BEyond
  • Collaboration furniture for the JH
  • Life and Leadership Series
  • K-8 Spanish Program
  • Scholarships funded by groups or individuals for our seniors
  • Angel Fund
  • Make it Happen Teacher Requests

2015: $135,000 distributed to the District to fund:

  • Warriors Beyond
  • Collaboration furniture for the JH
  • Life and Leadership Series
  • K-8 Spanish Program
  • Scholarships funded by groups or individuals for our seniors
  • Angel Fund
  • Make it Happen Teacher Requests

2014: $134,000 distributed to the District to fund:

  • College & Career Planning Center
  • Life and Leadership Series
  • K-8 Spanish Program
  • Scholarships funded by groups or individuals for our seniors
  • Angel Fund
  • Make it Happen Teacher Requests

2013: $151,000 distributed to the District to fund:

  • College & Career Planning Center
  • K-8 Spanish Program
  • Scholarships funded by groups or individuals for our seniors
  • Angel Fund
  • Make it Happen Teacher Requests

2012: $150,000 distributed to the District to fund:

  • K-8 Spanish Language Program (grant from The TAS Foundation)
  • Scholarships funded by groups or individuals for our seniors
  • Collaboration café at the high school lower library
  • Libraries of the Future at the junior high school
  • 52 iPads for children in special need (out of the Angel Fund)
  • Handicapped-accessible playground to be built at the Terrace Park Elementary

In 2011, we partnered with the Boosters to raise $200,000 in private funds to upgrade athletic facilities across the district – MHS new turf and press box, new seating for the Natatorium, irrigation of Stanton Field in Terrace Park, and irrigation of Fairfax Field.