Funds to support academic programs in highest need across Brook Knoll and Vine HIll Elementary, Scotts Valley Middle School and Scotts Valley High School

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA, May 27, 2020 –Today, the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation (SVEF) announced that it will provide a $60,000 grant to the Scotts Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) for the 2020/2021 school year. The funds will be used to support programs with the highest need for the academic year, once more information is known about how schools will operate amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Programs supported include, but, are not limited to; funding librarians, supplying needed technology and counseling services for all four schools in the district.

Each year SVEF works with leadership at the district to identify the greatest academic needs for the upcoming school year and provides funding for programs that help maintain a high level of education. With the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting economies all around the world and public safety at the top of everyone’s mind, local educators are working around the clock to create plans that are in accordance with local and state health guidelines and best serve the needs of local children. With the crisis constantly evolving and budget cuts expected, educators have no choice but to remain flexible until more is known.

“There are a lot of unanswered questions right now with regard to what school will look like for the upcoming academic year,” said Tanya Krause, Superintendent of Scotts Valley Unified School District. “As we work through all possible scenarios, it is very reassuring to know that once decisions have been made, we will have the funding from SVEF to support the most needed programs. We are grateful for the continued support of the SVEF and its commitment to helping us maintain high educational standards and meet the needs of all of the children in this community.”

“Supporting the academic programs with the most need in our district is what SVEF is all about and this year is no different,” said Robert Aldana, president of SVEF. “As we find ourselves in unprecedented times with the global pandemic putting our educators and all that we know about education to the test, we have faith in Tanya and her leadership team’s ability to adapt to the situation and determine the best course forward. We are excited to be able to provide the financial support that helps the district provide the services most needed to help all students and educators navigate through this crisis.”

About the Scotts Valley Unified School District
SVUSD’s mission is to provide each student with quality educational and social opportunities needed to thrive in a modern world. In March 2020, SVUSD ranked No.13 out of the top 100 school districts in California according to research by Comprising Brook Knoll and Vine Hill Elementary, Scotts Valley Middle School and Scotts Valley High School, SVUSD boasts the highest student test scores in Santa Cruz County as well as the highest rate of students graduating and moving on to college at a 95 percent rate. For the last four years, SVUSD students have significantly outperformed California state averages in both Mathematics and English Language Arts. For more information, please visit

About the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation (SVEF) provides funding for programs and education materials to enhance the solid academic curriculum and maintain the high quality of education in the Scotts Valley Unified School District (SVUSD). SVEF has donated more than $1,000,000 to support the needs of children from kindergarten through high school graduation and beyond. SVEF is a non-profit, all volunteer organization whose mission is to raise funds for direct donation and support efforts that positively impact the educational experience of all students in the Scotts Valley Unified School District. For more information and to donate, visit and follow SVEF on Facebook and on Instagram.

SVEF Press Contact:
Jaime Cottini, Director of Communications
[email protected] or 415-747-1605

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