Fremont Bank Foundation Awards $277,000 to Fremont Unified School District
Fremont Bank Foundation Professional Development Center to be Unveiled in January
FREMONT, Calif., December 13, 2012 - Fremont Bank Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Fremont Bank, has awarded the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) a $277,000 grant for its new professional development center. FUSD announced the grant last night at its regularly scheduled board meeting and will name the facility the Fremont Bank Foundation Professional Development Center in honor of the foundation's generous contribution.
The Fremont Bank Foundation Professional Development Center involves a significant increase in facility space and technology upgrades for training school district teachers, administrators and support staff. Importantly, the new center will also be available as a resource for parents and the community for ongoing education and learning.
“Providing our schools with qualified, well-trained teachers, principals and support staff has a profound impact on student learning and achievement,” said FUSD Superintendent Jim Morris. Morris noted that constructing a new, fully-equipped center has been a district priority, but recent budget cuts to education and economic uncertainty had delayed the project. “Fremont Bank Foundation's gift meets a critical need and will help ensure that our local schools remain strong and a source of local pride.”
FUSD serves more than 33,000 K-12 students enrolled in roughly 40 local schools and programs. Twenty-eight of its schools have received California Distinguished School Recognition, and nine have received National Blue Ribbon School Recognition awards.
“The Fremont Unified School District has exceptional leadership, dedicated teachers and a remarkable record of student achievement and success,” said Fremont Bank Foundation President Hattie Hyman Hughes. “We are proud to be a partner in its work to strengthen our community through ongoing education.”
The new facility will also house a state-of-the-art television studio from which FUSD will air Community Conversations. Produced and hosted by FUSD staff, Community Conversations highlights district news and keeps Fremont residents informed on issues impacting local schools.
FUSD began work on the Fremont Bank Foundation Professional Development Center in November. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for late January upon the project's completion.
About Fremont Bank Foundation
Fremont Bank is the primary funding source for Fremont Bank Foundation, which was established in 1995 as an independent, private grant-making foundation. Sharing with the community is at the heart of Fremont Bank Foundation, which provides financial assistance to nonprofit organizations for the implementation of services and programs that enhance the quality of life for all people in the communities served by Fremont Bank.