The Watervliet Public Schools Foundation for Excellence was created in collaboration with the School Board, Administration, Faculty and Staff, and interested citizens. Meetings were held in 2018 to discuss the feasibility of a foundation and to prepare by-laws. In January 21, 2019 by-laws were adopted and an all-volunteer Board of Directors and officers were elected.
During the 2019 school year the board of directors met and began to file the necessary paper work to become a charity. During this period the foundation members met with other foundations to develop the information need to become successful.
The first step taken was to file for an EIN number which happened on March 19, 2019. The next was to form a working relationship with the Berrien Community Foundation so donations received could be tax deductible until The Watervliet Public School Foundation became a 501.c3 IRS designated charity.
May 28, 2019 the foundation incorporated in the State of Michigan as a non-profit charity. With this incorporation, the foundation applied for 501.c3 status. On February 24, 2020 the IRS granted the foundation 501c3 status and made that status retroactive to our incorporation date. Also, in 2020 the foundation joined the Michigan Education Foundation, a group of like-minded foundations helping their school districts and willing to share their experiences in order for others to become successful. Two more events happened in 2020, the first was registering with the Attorney General’s office as a soliciting charity and the main reason for creating the foundation and the launching of our first effort at raising money. This effort has been so successful that the foundation needs more volunteers as we begin expanding our horizons.
Bill Spaulding - SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT
Ric Seager - SUPERINTENDENT
Lisa Epple - CHAIRMAN
Mary Andres - VICE CHAIR
Rebecca Oliphant - SECRETARY
Barb Schofield - TREASURER
Greg Krell - DIR TO EXECUTIVE BOARD.
Angelene Conkin - DIRECTOR
Sally Dupuie - DIRECTOR
Brittany West - DIRECTOR
Barry Nilson - DIRECTOR
Mark Epple - DIRECTOR
Molly Van De Wege - DIRECTOR
Kristine Lefor - GENERAL MEMBER
Molly Van De Wege - GENERAL MEMBER
Amy Seager - GENERAL MEMBER
Sarah Busick - GENERAL MEMBER
Mike Hutchins - GENERAL MEMBER
Pauline Wendzel - GENERAL MEMBER
Christina Powers - GENERAL MEMBER
John Martin - GENERAL MEMBER
Interested In joining the Foundation? We are interested in YOU! Please fill out the fillable application form by highlighting the sections that need to be filled out, print it, and mail it to the address provided on the application.