History, Vision & Mission
In the late 1980s, the finances of the B.C.C.U. #2 School District were stressed, much like in today’s economy. Key community members who valued the importance of a quality education identified the need to support our District beyond the District’s budget capabilities and thereby, the idea of the B.C.C.U. #2 Academic Foundation was formed.
It took many individuals’ time, dedication, and expertise to create the Foundation. But it was the efforts of life-long Bond County resident, Fred Baumberger, which garnered the initial ten pledges of $1,000 each from “The Grandparents Club” that gave the Foundation life! It was with this money that the Foundation’s Endowment Fund originated. Thanks to generous supporters, today’s Endowment Fund balance is over $74,000!
It was Mr. Baumberger’s and the other Foundation organizers’ wish that the Endowment Fund monies not be spent but to be conservatively invested while allowing for any income generated from the Fund to be used for the mission of the Foundation.
It was 1990 when the B.C.C.U. #2 Academic Foundation was officially organized. Today the Foundation continues to support the District’s objective of providing a quality education to B.C.C.U. #2 students by:
- Awarding of Teacher Grants with membership dues and direct charitable contributions;
- Administering college and aviation Scholarships with memorial gifts;
- Supporting Character Education with Endowment Fund earnings.
Character Education Program Support
The B.C.C.U. #2 Academic Foundation supports the efforts of the B.C.C.U. #2 Character Education Program. This program is dedicated to “building character for life” by teaching, modeling, and affirming positive character development throughout our School District and community. The Program’s Board of Directors, who are separate from the Academic Foundation’s, determines how funds will be used.
Recent year’s funds were equally distributed to all District schools and used for approved Character Education materials and projects including the purchase of a “Buddy Bench”, an anti-bullying bench designed to help children develop friendships.
Aside from your generous annual membership and gifts, we encourage you to consider two additional paths of giving that will help to insure the future of the B.C.C.U. #2 Academic Foundation:
- Establish an annual Teacher Grant Scholarship in memory or honor of a loved one. Annual Teacher Grant Scholarships can be designed to benefit specific areas of interest or learning centers.
- Leave a legacy with a planned gift through estate planning.
If you are interested in discussing either of these options, please contact the B.C.C.U. #2 Unit Office at 618-664-0170. They will put you in contact with a Foundation officer.
Academic Foundation Officers & Board Of Directors
- Dr. Wm. Beckert ~ President
- Josh St. Peters ~ Vice-President
- Valerie Klenke ~ Secretary
- Amanda Dussold ~ Treasurer
- Don Dillon
- Brant Frey
- Amy Jackson
- Kelsey Kendall
- Ryan Mifflin
- Pat Potthast
- Neil Sperandio
- Chance Vohlken
- Bill Walker
- Rachel Wayman
- Wes Olson ~ Superintendent
- Laura Wall ~ School Board Representative
- Wendy Porter ~ B.C.C.U. #2 High School
- Susan Corbus ~ Greenville Jr. High School
- Lauren Hahn ~ Greenville Elementary
- Tracy McEvers ~ Pocahontas Elementary
- Melissa Pierce ~ Sorento Elementary
- David Tabor ~ Financial Representative
Frequently Asked Questions