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ABOUT US

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OUR MISSION

The Cuero ISD Education Foundation enhances the opportunities for the Cuero ISD staff by generating resources to provide grants for extraordinary learning experiences and student scholarships to invest in their future success.

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OUR HISTORY

The Cuero ISD Education Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) organization by members of the community of Cuero to generate and distribute financial resources to the Cuero Independent School District for resources, projects, and programs outside the scope of traditional school funding. 

Because of the board’s commitment to its mission as well as the community of Cuero's generosity, the Foundation has awarded CISD administrators, faculty, staff, students, and graduates $778,695.82 in grants, $892,282 in scholarships, and $1,998,795.89 in special projects, for a grand total of $3,669,773.71 since 2002. 

The board of directors’ commitment to growing the Foundation’s general endowment and their conservative fiscal management practices have led to a fund of approximately $408,331from which earnings can be used for purposes as determined by the board. In addition, the board’s efforts to expand the Foundation’s scholarship program have resulted in scholarship endowment funds totaling approximately $4,012,981, which will provide scholarships for Cuero ISD students and graduates for years to come.

 

The board desires to maintain a reputation of financial transparency, integrity, and trust in the community, especially among its donors, and makes its annual independently audited Statement of Financial Position and IRS Form 990 available to the public. 

 

The Foundation’s history, albeit brief, is impressive due to the generosity of its donors along with the diligence and prudence of the board.

An Enduring Legacy

An Enduring Legacy

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MEET OUR BOARD

Executive Board

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Ray Reese, President
Darwin Koenning, VP Development
Selena Condie, VP of Finance
Rebecca Murray, VP Marketing & Events
Doris Breeden, VP Programs
Bill Mattys, Secretary
John Frels, Director at Large
Micah Dyer, CISD Superintendent
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Board Members

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Gayle Batts
Bill Blackwell
Dr. James Dawson
Dr. Brent Dreier
Paul Harper
Carol Hildebrand
David James
Dr. Glenn Robertson
Michael Ruiz
Nancy Stefka
Bonnie Wheeler
Sandy White
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Fiscal Management

As an organization determined by the IRS to be governed as a 501©(3) organization, the board of directors provides fiscal oversight that honors the mission of the organization and the intent and trust of its donors. To maintain financial transparency, the board makes its annual independently audited Statement of Financial Position and IRS Form 990 available to the public. The most current statements are linked below.

As indicated on the financial statements linked above, the board of directors’ commitment to growing the Foundation’s general endowment and their conservative fiscal management practices have led to a fund of approximately $400,000 from which earnings can be used for purposes as determined by the board. In addition, the board’s efforts to expand the Foundation’s scholarship program have resulted in scholarship endowment funds totaling approximately $4 million, which will provide scholarships for Cuero ISD students and graduates for years to come.

 

Executive Assistant

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Mary Sue Garrison currently serves as the Cuero ISD Education Foundation’s Executive Assistant. She has served in that role since April 12, 2022. She has 47 years of experience in administrative support, serving  20 years in education and 27 years in law. Since moving to Cuero in 2001, Mary Sue and her husband, Donnie, have watched the Cuero ISD Education Foundation remain true to its mission of investing in the future success of students by generating resources to provide grants for extraordinary learning experiences and scholarships for higher education. She feels, “There are so many ways we can contribute to the success of a young person’s future. Anytime we are able to do that, we are also contributing to the success of our community as a whole. I like knowing I will be a part of that process. Everyone counts…every job is important…especially when it comes to assisting our young people of today become our leaders of tomorrow.”