OSL Guidelines for Reviewing Grant Proposals (October 2003)
Old Orchard Service League (OOSL) was established for the purpose of helping to “provide students at Old Orchard School (OOS) with means for educational, technological and charitable assistance to further their enrichment opportunities.” In an effort to make meetings more efficient and help with the decision making process while reviewing grants, here are a set of general guidelines based on the OOSL charter.
- Generally, OOSL provides enrichment equipment and activities that benefit students in multiple grades and/or over multiple years. Teacher classroom spending allowances can be used for classroom consumables in most cases.
- OOSL will consider purchase of equipment such as computers, printer, DVDs, projectors, etc. that meet the criteria of our charter: to enhance our children’s education and add value to the curriculum.
- Maintenance and consumables for such equipment falls to the school as an ongoing cost of doing business. OOSL is a charitable organization and as such should not enter into service agreements, etc. OOSL will, on occasion, consider minor maintenance costs associated with equipment we have purchased.
- OOSL does not provide students with "gifts". Gifts should be paid for using classroom spending allowances at the discretion of the teacher and the school. OOSL does contribute to the 5th grade Walden West class trip and the 8th grade class trip to Crow Canyon.
- OOSL does not approve grants that are considered to be facilities improvements, building materials or cost of doing business for the school. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of OOSL if associated with an approved grant.
- OOSL will consider grants for teacher training that will enrich student education and that go beyond basic teaching skills; however, school administration should share the commitment and cost associated with this type of training. At its discretion, OOSL will pay up to 50% not to exceed $1,000 per grant request.
- OOSL does not get involved in curriculum matters or in defining the roles of school employees. As concerned parents we can discuss our concerns or ideas with the administration, but OOSL should not be involved nor should we spend meeting time discussing such matters.
- All grants approved should meet the test "Does it directly enrich our children's education?"