About Mountain View Elementary School: The School is a public elementary school established in 1966 as part of the Goleta Union School District. The school has a history of exemplary student performance and is regularly ranked as one of the highest achieving schools in Santa Barbara County. In 2013, Mountain View School’s outstanding test scores ranked #1 in Santa Barbara County, and they were awarded a “California Distinguished Schools” recognition. The School has approximately 350 students in Kindergarten through Grade 6. It serves an attendance area stretching from Cathedral Oaks to Mountain Drive. The School’s Principal is Ned Schoenwetter.
What is the MVS Foundation?
The Mountain View School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit supporting public education at Mountain View School.
The Foundation is dedicated to raising funds from sources other than School families. With the support of neighbors, former parents we have completed the Multi-Purpose room project which includes new stage lighting and sound equipment for the Multi-Purpose Room. We are currently raising funds for an exciting new project, a STEM lab. See our project tab for more detailed information on current and past projects.
Another goal of the Foundation is to establish an endowment that will help fund the School’s needs into the future. The Foundation received an initial endowment gift of $10,000 for this purpose. All professional services and most costs relating to the organization, tax exemption and ongoing operations of the Foundation have been donated, so that 99% of the funds we raise will be spent for the School and not for overhead.
The founding board members are: Sue Douglas, Regina Magid, Mike Schley, Laura Ciontea, Angel Sugleris, Ned Schoenwetter, Dan Cattaneo, Bob Wood. Additional board members are Abbey Vasquez, Fritz Pinney , Sharon Rossol, Dale McCaskey, Kristen Kovacs and Judy Jennings.
We welcome questions and suggestions from Mountain View families.
Why is the MVS Foundation Needed?
Don’t our tax dollars pay for MVS education?
Yes, in large part. California public education is funded primarily by State tax dollars. The breakdown of sources is shown here:
Total spending per pupil fluctuates over time, particularly during times of State budget woes:
The community members who support Mountain View School Foundation want to support and sustain the tradition of excellence at Mountain View School. The Board of Directors works with the Principal and the District to identify needs that cannot be funded from the District budget, and raises money to fill the gap. For example, our first project is to install lighting, a screen and other equipment that will make the Multi-Purpose Room a more effective facility for student performances and for educational assemblies. Our second project is assisting with the development of an innovative STEM lab at Mountain View School to support an exciting hands-on engineering and science curriculum. Future campaigns will help pay for additional programs for the students and/or facility improvements, depending on the budget circumstances and needs at the time.