A newly formed educational foundation to benefit Atchison County Community Schools has officially organized.

The ACCS Education Foundation board of directors, Mark Bodenhausen, Linda Bottorff, Chris Caplinger, Todd Gigstad, Becky Hawk, Nancy Keith, David Miller, Corey Neill and Kristie Scholz official organized the foundation Monday, Jan. 28, in the Atchison County Community Junior-Senior High School Library in Effingham, USD 377 Business Manager Megan Gracey reported.

Gigstad was elected to serve as president, Miller as vice-president. Hawk was elected to the office of secretary and Scholz as treasurer. The directors also adopted bylaws and designated Exchange Bank as the Foundation’s official depository and set term limits. The directors expect to gather quarterly to conduct their regular business although meetings might be more frequent throughout the Foundation’s launch process.

After the Foundation was organized, the directors heard a capital improvement proposal.

USD 377 Board of Education members took steps at their Dec. 12, 2018, meeting to establish a 501c3 non-profit educational foundation to support the education offered districtwide.

Superintendent Andrew Gaddis pitched a proposal to form a foundation to board members as a way to offer opportunities for all to be charitable to the district with the ability to receive benefits of a tax deduction.

Mary Meyers can be reached at mary.meyers@npgco.com.

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