SUSD seeks public input on district-wide foundation

Saugus Union School District office. Dan Watson/The Signal

The Saugus Union School District (SUSD) is considering the creation of a district-wide foundation to help support programs at all of the district’s 15 schools.

This foundation would help boost fundraising efforts to supplement or fully-fund programs that are not currently supported by state and federal funding.

“With many districts across the nation, the state and even in the area having foundations to raise much needed funds, we’d like to explore the feasibility for our district,” SUSD Superintendent Joan Lucid said.

To identify fundraising efforts that would best serve the district, SUSD is asking parents and guardians in the district to answer an online survey to determine the primary focus of the proposed foundation.

The five-question survey, found at, asks parents to rank the foundation’s primary focus on a scale of 1 to 8.

Choices for this ranking include: music instrumentation, visual arts, dance, technology- equipment, technology-robotics and coding, teacher innovation grants, intervention/inclusion and other.

Survey respondents are also asked to determine what kind of support they would give—financial, volunteer, both or other—and what levels of financial support, from annual donations to in-kind donations and planned estates, they would donate to the foundation.

They are also asked what kind of fundraising events they would be interested in.  Options include food/wine tasting, silent auctions, gaming nights, golf tournaments, concerts, challenges, gala events, direct donation and other.

Lastly, the survey asks if respondents would be interested in assisting in the formation and oversight of the foundation.

The survey, sent to parents and guardians last week, is available to the SUSD community until Nov. 17.

The results of the survey are expected to be presented to the SUSD Governing Board at its next meeting Dec. 5.

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