Burlington School District Announces BHS/BTC 2025 Fundraising Partnership

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Donations to the Burlington Students Foundation will support equity, engagement and deep learning experiences in the Queen City

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington School District (BSD) is proud to announce a BHS/BTC 2025 fundraising partnership with the Burlington Students Foundation (BSF). Partnering with 501(c)3 will allow the district to solicit private, tax-deductible donations from the public. The partnership will also help the school district apply for scholarships and grants that may not previously have been available to the school district.

“This is an exciting piece of the funding puzzle,” Superintendent Flanagan said. “We’ve worked hard to find ways to take the burden of this project off taxpayers, and this partnership gives us even more opportunities to raise money and support this project.”

“The Burlington Students Foundation has long supported opportunities for Burlington children and we’re excited to continue that legacy,” said BSF President Michelle Clark. “While we know that our high school and technical center students learn well and thrive in their temporary spaces, we know these spaces are just that: temporary. Burlington students and our community deserve enduring 21st-century learning spaces that support deep learning, are built for current and emerging technologies, and connect students to their communities and environments. The BHS/BTC 2025 project will do all of these things, and we’re proud to be a part of making it a reality. ”

On August 15, the Burlington City Council voted unanimously to place a $165 million bond on the November election to help build a new high school and tech center. Flanagan said he hopes to raise more than $200,000 in private donations through the partnership and through avenues such as naming rights, but the great opportunity of the partnership is the opportunity for grants that may not always be available for school districts. “The ability to work with a 501(c)3 to apply for and receive grants is where we hope to see real impact in terms of raising funds for this project.”

In addition to this partnership, BSD has already successfully identified $35 million in current resources and funds in support of this project. This includes the allocation of $10 million of ESSER funds, the use of strong financial management to identify $5 million of district budget savings and excess funds, the diversion of $10 million from the 2017 capital plan bond to support the project and use a $10 million grant from Senator Leahy to house some BTC programs at an Aviation Education Center at Burlington International Airport.

The district also actively works with Leonine Public Affairs to identify state and federal funding sources to support environmental rehabilitation and technology center formation.

To learn more about the BHS/BTC 2025 project or to make a donation today, please visit www.burlingtonstudents.org/bhs/btc-2025

The Burlington School District (BSD) is a pre-12th grade public school system with approximately 4,000 students in Burlington, VT. BSD’s mission is to graduate students who: Appreciate diverse cultures, Engage with the community, Communicate effectively, Think creatively, Solve problems skillfully, and achieve their highest academic, intellectual, and personal potential. www.bsdvt.org

The mission of the Burlington Students Foundation (BSF) is to expand educational opportunities for Burlington students by supporting programs that are enriching and empowering. As a non-profit organization, the Burlington Students Foundation works with schools and community organizations to give all Burlington children the opportunity to discover and develop their talents. www.burlingtonstudents.org

Source: Burlington, VT BSD 8/23/2022.

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