Support the evolution of public education

For over a century, schools relied on textbooks and lectures as primary tools of education. By the 1990s, however, these tools were not enough. Innovative new methods of teaching and learning were needed. In 1994, the Rapid City Public School Foundation was formed to seek public and private donations to stimulate creative and new methods for education and to expand what can be accomplished with education tax dollars.

Individuals, local businesses, and anonymous donors pledged nearly $250,000 in donations and mutual funds which formed an endowment to ensure continued commitment for educational programs.

In addition to our yearly events and donations, our efforts are supported by our endowment fund. Our administrative costs are covered by our endowment, so funds that are raised go back to classrooms in support of student achievement.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of 25 members, 1 member representing Rapid City Education Association, and 1 member from the Board of Education, and the Superintendent of Rapid City Area Schools who serves in an ex-officio capacity.

Board Members
Sandy Carlson, President
Jason McGough, Vice President
Peggy Hanafin, Secretary
Shannon Bren, Treasurer
Clay Colombe, Board of Education
Kari Diamond, Past President
Joan Bentz
Bob Chalberg
David Dolan
Deb Fredrich
Sarah Gross, RCEA Representative
Sharon Hasvold
Jim Hansen, Board of Education
Brad Jurgensen
Dale Kokesh
Jayne Kraemer
Matt McCormick
Jeff Nelsen
Ann O’Connell
Jean Petereit
Scott Phares, Principal Representative
Lara Roetzel
Dr. Lori Simon, RCAS Superintendent
Taylor Sperlich
Jim Webster

Laura Sobczak, Executive Director