Fundraising group unveils plan to help Janesville Schools
Save Janesville Schools is a steering committee trying to raise money to help Janesville School District restore programs and staff through its budget difficulties.
To donate to Save Janesville Schools: Send checks directly to Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, 26 S. Jackson St., Janesville, WI 53548. Donations also can be made online at cfsw.org/savejanesvilleschools.asp.
For more information: Contact the group by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, through its Facebook group, Savejanesvilleschools, or by calling (608) 758-0883.
JANESVILLE A fundraiser to help the Janesville School District through its budget difficulties could begin by the end of this week.
A steering committee for Save Janesville Schools, as it is called, met Monday.
A meeting on Thursday should finalize plans, said Mike Rundle, who is co-chairperson of the effort with Shari Faber.
Rundle is a retired firefighter and former school board member. Faber is a district parent and helps run her husband’s veterinary business. Dave Riemer of Harris Ace Hardware is treasurer.
The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin will handle all aspects of fundraising and money handling, including making sure it is used for the purposes intended, Rundle said.
The group has decided it will rely on the school board and administration to decide how to use the money by determining what positions and programs would best support district students, Rundle said.
Rundle said the group wants to keep the effort nonpartisan and non-political and focus only on maintaining the quality schools that Janesville is known for, in the belief that good schools are vital to a strong and health community.
The hope is to have an amount to contribute to the district by June, Rundle said. The group does not have a specific timeline, but members hope it can continue for two years.
The goal is $6 million, although that might not be achievable, Rundle said.
“But we don’t want to sell ourselves short, and no matter what is raised, any amount can provide additional staff positions or programs rather than cuts,” Rundle said.