Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation Launched
Significant Inaugural Donors Pledge Support as Tribute to Career of Superintendent Jane Russo
SANTA ANA, CA – June 25, 2011 – The newly formed Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation formally launched on June 23 during a celebration attended by Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) Board of Education members, teachers, administrators, staff, students, former employees, elected officials, partners, supporters and community members. The celebration served a two-fold purpose: to celebrate the 38-year career of SAUSD Superintendent Jane Russo, who retires at the end of this month, and to announce the formation of the Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation.
Partners and supporters who signed on as major inaugural donors of the Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation include:
· Soroptimist International, Santa Ana-Tustin
· SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union
· THINK Together, Inc.
· George K. Baum & Company
· Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
· Law Offices of Eric Bathen
· NTD Architecture
· Robert & Donna Nelson
“These benefactors are planting the seeds of what promises to be an ongoing legacy to the contribution Superintendent Russo has made to our school district,” said Board Member Dr. Audrey Yamagata-Noji, an inaugural donor. “Although she will be retiring at the end of this school year, she will leave an indelible mark on the achievements of our students, staff and community through everything accomplished under her leadership and guidance.”
Inaugural contributions of $75,000 to date to the Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation will support the scholarship fund for current and future SAUSD students as part of the Santa Ana ¡Adelante! partnership with Santa Ana College (SAC) and California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). Santa Ana ¡Adelante! will guarantee college admission to all SAUSD students choosing to attend SAC and matriculate to CSUF, by completing all SAC transfer requirements and meeting CSUF’s admissions standards. Russo was instrumental in bringing this opportunity to SAUSD students.
Those wishing to make a contribution to the Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation may call 714-558-5518, or send a check to the attention of Santa Ana Unified School District Deputy Superintendent’s Office, 1601 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, Calif., 92701.
Visit www.sausd.us for more information about the Santa Ana Unified School District.