Fayette County Career and Technical Center

Pictured is the Fayette County Career and Technical Center in Georges Township.

GEORGES TWP. — The Fayette County Career and Technical Institute is forming an academic foundation that will seek resources aimed to provide additional learning opportunities.

The school’s joint operating committee Monday authorized the creation of a nonprofit organization for fundraising purposes and instructed its solicitor to take the necessary steps to legally establish the Fayette County Career and Technical Institute Foundation.

CTI Executive Director Executive Director Dr. Cynthia Shaw said creating a foundation with nonprofit status will open the school to more funding opportunities, as well as make it eligible for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program offered by the state Department of Community & Economic Development.

“Currently, there’s only one organization in Fayette County that’s on the list to receive those funds, so that might be an opportunity for us if companies want to give their money back to this area,” said Shaw. “I think it will be a good opportunity for the school to raise money for special programs and other things that we’d like to add.”

Solicitor Gary Frankhouser said some of the activities the foundation could engage in include granting scholarships to students, awarding mini grants to teachers for specific projects and purchasing equipment for the school.

“People who want to donate for specific causes can do it through the foundation,” said Frankhouser.

The joint operating committee will have to establish a board of directors consisting of community members to operate the foundation. The committee would be represented on the board of directors by at least one member.

Frankhouser said the foundation would operate independently from the school and its joint operating committee. Funds solicited by the foundation would be dispersed at the board of directors’ discretion, he said.

The foundation must register as a nonprofit organization through the state Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations to be able to solicit donations, said Frankhouser.

In other business, the committee:

n Approved a resolution to expand the number of trustees in the Intermediate Unit 1 Health Insurance Consortium Trust to include representatives from the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) labor unions.

n Approved Occupational Advisory Committee members for the 2018-19 school year.

n Approved a bid from Uniontown Ford for the purchase of a seven-person passenger van at a cost of $21,660.

n Added Rebecca Hilton (all shops) and Jon Hoover (custodial) to the substitute list for the 2018-19 school year.

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