Hatboro-Horsham students have built robots, talked virtually to students around the world and taken part in outdoor education programs at the Jarrett Nature Center.
These and other curriculum-enhancing initiatives have been made possible through the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation since its establishment 25 years ago.
“We have a really unique relationship with the school district,” HHEF board chairman Chris Stasuk said. “We’re sort of an extension of them.”
That extension will continue, Stasuk said, despite the Nov. 9 departure of Executive Director Laurie Rosard, who has served in that role for five years.
“It’s going to be a challenge to a certain extent,” Stasuk said, adding that the hope is to “maybe change to see if we can’t take the organization to the next level.”
That next level, he said, would involve building even stronger partnerships within the community to generate more donations for the nonprofit HHEF, which is funded in full through contributions. For the last three years, to various Hatboro-Horsham programs, which Stasuk said are funded primarily by seven “large routine donors” who contribute via the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit, he said.
Robert Reichert, the district’s director of business affairs, said HHEF’s grants have been “invaluable over the years.”
“In many cases, the funding provided the district with an innovative spark in terms of being able to purchase new and innovative technology and other items that have helped improve our educational programs,” Reichert said. “These items would not have been affordable without the help of the HHEF.”
Intent on not missing a beat in the transition, Stasuk said a search committee has been formed to find Rosard’s replacement. In the meantime, he said Rosard has agreed to help out “intermittently” until a new executive director is named.
The plan, he said, is to have someone chosen by early December and ready to start work by the middle of the month.
“We’re trying to continue to build the organization so it becomes a little more financially sustainable for the future,” Stasuk said. “Most importantly, it’s making it better every time we turn people over.”