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$42,000 Grant Received from Spectrum Communication 

          Inspired in 2013 by the “cradle to career” community focus of Geneva 2020 and informed by local and national educational supportive efforts, Mr. Bernie Lynch, proprietor of Lynch Furniture of Geneva, convened a volunteer board of directors and launched the Geneva Education Foundation in 2014.  In addition to Lynch, the GEF board members include retired Geneva City School District (GCSD) teacher Janet Frisinger, USNY Bank Administration Specialist Eric Heieck, HWS Colleges Director of the Center for Community Engagement Katie Flowers, and local attorney Mike Roulan. HWS Colleges President Emeritus Mark D. Gearan was a co-founding member as well, and Interim President Patrick A. McGuire is currently serving a term.  “It became evident that Geneva City School District would benefit from a supportive education foundation, as other local communities have established to help fund academic opportunities not covered in the school budget.  We were fortunate to benefit from the generous expertise shared by directors and board members from the Skaneateles Education Foundation, the Romulus Education Foundation, the Waterloo Education Foundation, and the Ithaca Public Education Initiative,” said Lynch.  “There were grants available to private foundations that weren’t accessible to school districts. I knew there was an opportunity here and people willing to help advance Geneva 2020’s goals.” Read More

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