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The mission of the Lexington County School District One Educational Foundation is to support the educational process and enrich the quality of life in our community by raising and managing funds.

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Did you realize that you could make a charitable gift to the Lexington One Educational Foundation anytime? Make a gift today to support Lexington One students and special initiatives funded by the Foundation. 

All gifts are tax deductible, as the Foundation is a charitable
non-profit 501(c)3 organization (Tax ID 57-1025465). It’s only through your most generous support that we are able to fund such amazing things like grants for teachers and schools, STEM labs, student scholarships and so much more! Make your charitable gift today to show your personal support of Lexington One students, teachers and schools!


Our History

The Lexington County School District One Educational Foundation was formed in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) organization to serve as a source of funds to support district programs and initiatives that are outside the scope of the district’s Annual Fund budget. The Educational Foundation is governed by a board of directors made up of district school board members, representatives from local businesses, civic organizations, the district superintendent, the district teacher of the year, and community citizens.

The first meeting of the newly formed Educational Foundation was held on September 17, 1995. James A. Compton, Michael S. Wingard, Michael V. Shealy, Dr. Lon Hamby, and Richard Hook were appointed as the founding members of the Board of Directors. Michael V. Shealy served as the first Educational Foundation board chairman.

The board members have grown from the original five members to the present twenty-four members. The current Teacher of the Year automatically serves for one year. In February 2003, the bylaws were amended and Connie McFarland was named as the first Executive Director of the Educational Foundation. The Educational Foundation Board of Directors meets throughout the school year and holds special meetings as deemed necessary.

Since its inception, the Educational Foundation has been a continuously growing and evolving support arm of the district. The alternative sources of funding generated through the Educational Foundation have been focused on grants to programs and initiatives that enhance the quality of educational experiences for students in Lexington School District One.

Among the many district initiatives supported by the Educational Foundation are a number of partial college scholarships offered annually for students who desire to continue their education. Most of these scholarships have been made possible from community, organizational, and individual contributions to the Educational Foundation.

A more in-depth look at the history of the Educational Foundation is available.

Educational Foundation Board

Executive Committee

  • Mr. Simeon M. Bryant, Chair
  • Mrs. Rosemary L. Wilson, Vice–Chair
  • Mr. Roger S. Kuperman, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Dr. Gregory D. Little, Superintendent
  • Mr. John C. Butler, Chief Financial Officer, Ex–Officio
  • Mrs. Hayley D. Bowers, Immediate Past Chair, Ex–Officio

  • Executive Director

    • Julie Anderson Washburn, Ex–Officio

Board Members

  • Mrs. Sandra Kay Backman
  • Mr. Rutu P. Bhonslé
  • Mrs. Anne Marie Green
  • Dr. William H. Harman
  • Ms. Lisa Hayes
  • Ms. MeLisa H. Herndon
  • Mrs. Angela B. Freeman, Teacher of the Year
  • Mrs. Laura S. McMahan
  • Mrs. Alisha J. Millwood
  • Dr. Edward G. Mintz
  • Mr. Troy A. Simpson
  • Mrs. Cynthia S. Smith
  • Dr. Thomas F. Trinkner
  • Mrs. Lisa McMeekin Phillips
  • Mr. Robert Christopher Rice
  • Mr. Bryan C. Jones
  • Mrs. Alecia W. Clamp, Teacher of the Year

Board Members Emeriti

  • Mr. James Compton
  • Dr. Karl E. Fulmer
  • Mr. Richard J. Hook
  • Mr. Michael S. Wingard
  • Mr. Michael V. Shealy