long has WFEE been in Winchester?
group of local residents established WFEE in 1992
as an independent, nonprofit organization to provide
private, financial support for the Winchester public
does WFEE serve students, teachers, and the Winchester
supports the community through three main programs:
the teacher grants program, The Promise Fund and
through large-scale, system-wide technology projects
included in our Fund for Innovation. WFEE also
runs the Distinguished Scholar Series, bringing to
Winchester scholars of national reputation.
does WFEE fund through the grants program?
Foundation seeks to fund teacher-driven educational
- Enrich teaching, learning, professional development,
and student growth and development throughout the
Winchester Public School system;
- Reinforce and enhance the goals and objectives
of the Winchester Public School system;
- Encourage leadership, creativity, and collaboration;
- Seed new approaches that launch long-term, self-sustaining
improvements in our schools.
WFEE offers both educational grants and professional
are grants awarded?
are awarded each year in the late spring. Each
grant proposal is evaluated by the Foundation’s
Grant Review Board, which is made up of Trustees
and independent professional educators who live in
Winchester, but are not connected with the Winchester
is The Promise Fund?
Promise Fund was launched in 2005 to fund teacher
positions deemed essential by the School Committee.
In 2005, donors contributed over $450,000 to fund teacher
salaries and benefits. In 2006 The Promise Fund
donated $410,000 for salaries and benefits to Winchester
there be a Promise Fund each year?
asked by the School Committee, the Foundation is
prepared to raise money for top priority operational
needs as defined by the Superintendent and School Committee. WFEE
makes that decision on a yearly basis and requires
a specific and detailed list of the School Department
needs, which we will work hard to communicate to the
technology initiatives has WFEE supported?
the last three years, WFEE contributed more than
$78,000 to WHS for LCD projectors, administrative
software and a digital photography lab plus software. In
2007 WFEE purchased laptop computers for all full
time teachers at McCall Middle School.