The two foundations announced their proposal on Facebook on March 27, stating their recommendation that LEEF become the district’s only education foundation and VNEF become an academic booster club for Vandegrift High School and its feeder pattern.
Conversations to create a single education foundation began last spring following concerns being raised about having two district nonprofits, including about potential equity issues that could be caused by VNEF supporting a single feeder pattern and LEEF supporting the entire district.
Currently, as education foundations, both nonprofits work closely with LISD and have agreements outlining their responsibilities to the district, and vice versa. These differ from parent-teacher associations and booster clubs, which operate largely separate of LISD under specific PTA and booster club guidelines, according to district documents.
The proposal will be considered by the board of trustees at a meeting April 4, according to LISD Chief of Communications Officer Corey Ryan. He said the agenda item will state district administration supports the recommendation.