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Who We Are 2017-04-19T10:49:42+00:00

What is the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education?

The Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education [GPFPE] is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing private funding to enhance academic and enrichment programs for the Grosse Pointe Public School System. Our purpose is to augment public funding to improve the quality of education for students in the Grosse Pointe Public School System.

Our Mission

“The Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education brings our community together to fund extraordinary educational opportunities for our children”

Our Guiding Values

We strive to demonstrate the following in all that we do:

Why is the GPFPE necessary?

The GPFPE is necessary to protect the high standard of educational programs we have come to expect of the GPPSS.

In 1994, the method in which school districts receive funding was changed with the passage of Proposal A. In the past, money generated by local school taxes was sent directly to the school district. However, this revenue is now sent to Lansing, and state government redistributes it to school districts throughout Michigan.

At this time, the GPPSS’s funding from the state is equal to the amount generated in 1994, due in part to the passage of the “hold harmless” millage. Without that millage, the district would actually be receiving fewer funds than the 1994 level. In essence, the district has not had a “raise” in over a decade.

Board of Directors

Officers

  • President
    Robert Bury

  • Secretary
    Lois Warden

  • Vice President
    Christie Scoggin

  • Treasurer
    Marina Houghton

Board of Directors

  • Barbara Bierbusse

  • Elizabeth Connors

  • John Danaher

  • Kathy Fisk

  • Jake Howlett

  • Laura Huebner

  • Robert Montgomery

  • Beth Moran

  • Mary Beth Nicholson

  • Kiana Rose

  • Cynthia Sohn

  • Jason Tinsley

Advisory Board Member

  • Jeff Broderick

  • Pat Burke

  • Cynthia Hempstead

  • Marian Roberge

  • Cat Ruffner

  • Lorna Utley

  • Lisa Vreede

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The GPFPE is a growing group of community members who are committed to the continued tradition of academic excellence in Grosse Pointe. Parents of school children and graduates come together with people who have no direct connection to the schools because they understand the relationship between an excellent public school system and the community experience we enjoy in Grosse Pointe. Our Board of Directors serve in a volunteer capacity bringing their diverse talents and professional experiences to the organization.

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The Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education brings our community together to fund extraordinary educational opportunities for our children.

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