Schools Plus is a partnership of concerned parents, educators, and community businesses that have come together with the shared belief that co-curricular activities are not expendable luxuries in the education of our youth. Rather, they are vital enrichment activities that help to develop qualities of leadership, teamwork, tolerance, and perseverance that are the foundation stones of civilized society.
By offering our young people continued opportunities to develop their talents, we help improve our community and assure a better future for those who will come after us.
Schools Plus is an all volunteer group of Santa Rosa citizens whose mission is funding sports, music, art, drama and other enrichment programs for students in Santa Rosa’s public secondary schools.
Organized as a California, not-for-profit-corporation, Schools Plus consists of an operations board and an endowment committee. Both are supported by community businesses and by city government. We operate without any paid administrative staff.
"The world our children inhabit is so different, radically so, than the on that we inherited. An increasingly open global economy requires -- absolutely requires -- that all of us be better educated, more skilled, more adaptable and more capable of working collaboratively. We must not forget that no nation can remain great without a truly well educated people. No nation can remain good without transmitting the fundamental values of a civil society to each new generation. No nation can remain strong unless it puts its young people at the forefront of its concerns."
- William E. Brock from An American Imperative
- President: Jeff Carniglia
- Vice President: Brendan Kunkle
- Secretary: Patrick Stelzner
- VP of Marketing: Windy Swindt
- Treasurer: Kelly Dibblee
- Chairman of the Board: John Bribiescas
- Amy Chiurco
- Kelly Chiurco
- Laura Clelland
- Sally Frey
- Ted Grafe
- Ashley Haskins
- Keith LaVine
- Brendan Kunkle
- Adam Lewis
- Jason Lea
- Rick Niles
- Clint Shubel
- Tracy Weitzenberg
- Paul Zamarian
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Schools Plus Endowment Committee is made up of community leaders, concerned parents and businesses that serve the greater Santa Rosa community.
Endowment Committee Members
- Steve Arrow
- John Bribiescas
- Kris Baird
- Libby Hutton
- Diane Keegan
- Phil Kelly
- Bruce Kelm
- Maisie McCarty
- Bill Stirnus
- Wayne Wolski
Since 1990, Schools Plus has allocated over $4 million to Santa Rosa’s public schools for sports and arts programs, making a positive, collective impact on more than 15,000 students annually.
In late 2010, when the Santa Rosa School Board announced the elimination of spring high school and middle school sports for 2011, in concert with City Schools, we doubled-down on our mission to guarantee spring sports would not be eliminated, that the current generation of students will have all the opportunities of past generations. This is the third time Schools Plus, in partnership with SRCS, has been instrumental in saving high school sports in Santa Rosa, thus saving the North Bay League.
A recent city schools budget analysis states, “As reported at the time of the second interim report, the District is faced with expenditure reductions over $8 million in 2012-2013…the District must once again prepare for significant expenditure reductions.” Subsequently, future cuts threaten elimination of all high school sports programs, not just spring sports.
Schools Plus has faith that Santa Rosa will not allow this to happen. As we move forward, we’re proud to introduce to the community our new and expanded board of directors.* This all volunteer, blue ribbon group is committed to sustained efforts to save high school and middle school sports for as long as it takes. Please note that through the entirety of our twenty-two (22) years, fifty percent (50%) of funds raised have always gone to art and music programs in Santa Rosa’s public secondary schools.
In 2013, Schools Plus allocated $160,000.00 to the SRCS five middle schools, the five comprehensive senior high schools and Ridgway (alternative) High School.
SCHOOLS PLUS BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED!
Contact Us Today and Become a Schools Plus Board Member or Volunteer!
We have a wonderful group of concerned parents, educators and community members who comprise our Board and together we raise much-needed funds for Santa Rosa area school enrichment programs.
The commitment is a one-hour evening meeting once or twice a month and it’s a lot of fun. We raise funds for a VERY worthwhile cause, and you'll be making a real difference in our community and in the lives of our children.
"The fate we impose on our children today shall be the fate of all of us tomorrow."
- Robert Kennedy
2013 President Jeff Carniglia
"It is absolutely amazing what our current board has been able to accomplish since 2010. During 2013, we were able to make our largest allocation in our 23 year history. Allocating over $160,000 to Santa Rosa Middle and High Schools this year, we have made a statement that Schools Plus, in conjunction with our great Santa Rosa community, will not allow Art and Sports programs to be eliminated without a fight.
Like Jill, I was also playing high school sports when Schools Plus was founded and I could not imagine what it would have been like if these programs were not available to me in my high school years.
Since 2010, we have grown our second generation board from 12 to 22 people who all share the same like-mindedness. To volunteer our time and resources to help keep Santa Rosa middle and high school art, music, and sports programs alive and thriving, so that the next generation of students can be afforded the same, if not better, opportunities that we were.
Having two kids of my own and knowing how vital these opportunities are to the community, made it a simple choice to join the board of Schools Plus in 2010. I want to personally thank everyone on the board and our endowment committee, with a special thank you to our Chairman, John Bribiescas, for everything that you all do to make Santa Rosa a better place to live."
Jeff played baseball, basketball, and football for Montgomery High School. Jeff was in public accounting for 13 years and is now a controller for Verihealth ambulance. He and his wife, Melissa have two children in our schools.
2012 President Jill Peterson
“Schools Plus has been a part of my life for the past 20 years. I was in middle school when my mother, Diane Keegan, helped start Schools Plus. There was a huge need to help save sports, music and arts programs back then and there still is now. It's hard to believe all these years have passed and we are still facing the same crisis. It's such a shame.
Thank goodness Schools Plus came along when it did. I can’t even begin to think about what my high school and middle school experiences would have been like without those important programs that were such a huge part of my school life. These opportunities taught me so much about who I was and helped me develop into who I am today. Now that I have children of my own, the thought of them being faced with the same situation of losing these activities in their school makes me sick. I knew that I needed to help by taking an active role in making sure that we take steps to make sure these programs are not lost. Joining the Schools Plus Board was the best decision I could have made. It feels good to be pro-active, and put myself behind something that I believe in so strongly. Just like we have been doing for the past 22 years, we will continue to dedicate ourselves to keeping sports, arts and music programs in Santa Rosa’s secondary schools. I am so proud of what our second generation board has already done in the past two years, and I look forward to what's ahead for Schools Plus and our kids.”
Incoming Schools Plus President Jill was an outstanding high school soccer player. Jill is a specialist with the Roseland School District. She and her husband Dave have three children in our schools.
2011 President Ashley Haskins
"A rally call to the community rang out in early 2010 to save high school spring sports. I joined Schools Plus dedicated to not letting high school and middle school spring sports disappear in the short run, but also to prevent any of our school sports and arts programs from being cut in the long run. In less than five months, a newly formed group of people committed to the same mission organized the first, A Night Under the Lights gala event! The goal was to raise enough money to save high school and middle school spring sports programs. We had a great event, but no clear leadership roles had been defined [within the new group]. So, when the dust settled at the beginning of 2011, we went about the task of electing new officers to the regenerated board…I want to thank all of you for the privilege of being president for 2011. I have learned a lot and enjoyed every minute! You are an amazing group of professionals and it has been an honor to work with you. I look forward to supporting Jill (Peterson) as she takes on the role of president. Thank you so much again for your support last year, and all you do for our kids! You rock!"
Ashley is a third grade teacher at Hidden Valley Elementary School. She and her husband Dean have two children in our schools.