The Board recognizes that individuals and organizations in the community may wish to contribute supplies or equipment to enhance or extend the instructional program. All gifts or donations to the district, including those from private fundraising sources such as Donors Choose, become the property of the district. If gifts or donations are given to an individual staff member for their use that staff member may use such item for the duration of their employment with the district. Students, families, or members of the public who wish to express their gratitude to a staff member are encouraged to send a letter of commendation to the Superintendent for inclusion in the staff member’s personnel file, rather than sending a gift or donation to the school. The use of fundraising sites, such as GoFundMe, Indiegogo, and Kickstarter, are not permitted.
Any gift to the district of real property can be accepted only by School Board approval.
The Superintendent or designee will determine whether or not to accept gifts or donations with a value of less than $10,000. Any gift to the district or to an individual school or department of money, materials or equipment having a value of $10,000 or greater shall be approved by the School Board in a public meeting.
In no event shall any commitment be made by a staff member or other individuals in return for any gift to the district or to a school or department without the Board's authorization. The Board, Superintendent, or designee will not authorize the acceptance of gifts that would obligate the district to future expenditures which the district would not otherwise wish to make. All gifts or donations to the district, including those from private fundraising sources such as Donors Choose, become the property of the district and except as approved by the Board, shall be accepted without obligation relative to use or disposal.
Donors of equipment or materials shall, upon request, be held free and without harm for any liability or expense that may arise or be caused in any way by such use by school staff, students or any other individuals or groups who choose to use the equipment or materials.
Unsolicited Gifts or Donations to the District
Money or additional supplies and equipment donated by booster clubs or other groups or patrons to support specific teams or extra-curricular activities should not result in unacceptable levels of disparity of allocation favoring one team or gender.
The Superintendent is authorized to develop procedures in support of this policy.
Gifts, conveyances, etc., for scholarship and student aid purposes, receipt and administration - RCW 28A.320.030
Recreational and athletic activities - WAC 392-190-025
Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: May, 1983
Revised by the Board: 03.89, 11.03, 10.03, 07.12, 9.14, 5.16, 2.20