Taft HS receiving $45,000 donation from feeder school fundraising foundation


A fundraising foundation for Norwood Park School is donating $45,000 for future improvements at Taft High School, according to Taft administrators.

The transferring of funds from the Norwood Park School Education Foundation to the Taft High School Foundation was announced at the Sept. 12 meeting of the Taft High School Local School Council, but additional details were not available.

It was later reported that the donation is not being earmarked for any specific project at Taft and that Norwood Park foundation members decided to make the $45,000 donation because some of their children attend Taft.

About 8 years ago the Norwood Park foundation had a disagreement with school officials about how to spend its money, and an agreement between the Chicago Public Schools and the foundation was reportedly reached. It called for a portion of the foundation’s remaining $300,000 to be paid to Norwood Park School annually from 2011 to 2017.

According to a Chicago Tribune article in 2011, the nonprofit foundation had raised about $1 million since 2005, and some of its funds had gone toward the construction of a new science lab and the purchase of laptop computers. Some parents reportedly were upset about changes made to the science lab after it was built.

Some of the Norwood Park foundation’s funds were raised through auctions that were held at dinners for school parents.

At Taft, the foundation holds an annual school hall of fame ceremony and has contributed funds toward the resurfacing of gym floors and other renovation projects.