In 2002, faced with the prospect of another round of significant budget cuts and the potential loss of valued instructional resources, a grassroots parent organization combined forces with HEF to create the STAR fund. The goal was to preserve teaching positions in the high school and junior highs and LRT’s (Learning Resource Teachers) in the elementary schools.
As a result of successful fundraising, HEF was able to award these STAR fund grants during the following academic year:
|STAR Fund -- HHS Writing Class||Awarded $30,000 to restore sections of a writing class, preventing the number of students in those classes from rising to 28 from the current 16-20 students. This allows teachers to give individual, immediate feedback leading to improved writing skills.||2003-2004|
|STAR Fund -- Junior High Core Classes||Awarded $48,000 for the schools to restore five sections in core classes like English, Math, Science and Social Studies. This helps to decrease class size allowing instructors to sustain a higher level of teacher to student/family contact and services.||2003-2004|
|STAR Fund -- LRT Support in Elementary Schools||Awarded $115,000 buying back over 4,900 hours of LRT (Learning Resource Teacher) support. This is equivalent to restoring one hour per day to a grade level across all elementary schools.||2003-2004|