Welcome to the
CUT BANK EDUCATION FOUNDATION & ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
President-Shelley Larson '76
Vice President - John Brown '74
Secretary/Treasurer - Treasure Berkram '86
Executive Director -Amy Overstreet
Scott Gage '73
Steven Hjartarson '96
JC Seewald '94
Lisa VandenBos '88
Chelsey Brown '10
*Foundation bylaws provide that the Superintendent of Schools and the appointed member of the Board of Trustees of the School District shall serve “during the tenure of said offices.”
The CBEFAA mission is to provide a mechanism to raise and accumulate funds to develop, foster and encourage excellence in education.
Currently, we accomplish this mission by focusing on three major areas; (1) STUDENTS- We offer generous scholarship opportunities to Cut Bank graduates and alumni throughout their post-secondary education, host the Missoula Children’s Theater, organize the all-class reunion, assist with school BBQ’s and many other areas such as providing financial support to bring in speakers for the students
(2) STAFF- We work hard to support the teachers and staff of the Cut Bank schools through our $100 mini-grant program that every teacher and aide is automatically pre-approved for at the start of each school year. Teachers and aides can use their mini-grants to purchase supplement materials for their classroom at no cost to them. We also encouraging prospective teachers to apply for vacant positions by offering generous signing bonuses
(3) FACILITIES- We recognize that maintaining the safety, functionality and appearance of the school facilities is an important task that the administration has done a great job staying on top of. We are proud to be able to assist the Cut Bank School district financially on a case by case basis with certain improvement projects that will benefit the students and staff, such as installing new signs at Anna Jeffries elementary school and purchasing the new football field lights as our 2020-21 projects.
An area that the CBEFAA has focused specifically on this last year to address is the increasing teacher shortage. To encourage CBHS graduates to consider teaching as a career, we have increased the scholarship offerings that are specific to pursuing a teaching degree. We currently administer the following scholarships to CBHS graduating seniors that are specific to education degrees - Elma & David Epstein Memorial for Future in Education $1,000 Scholarship; H.C. Davis Family $1,000 Scholarship and the newly established CBEFAA Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship which is $6,000 paid out over 4 years. For CBHS alumni, we administer the following annual scholarships that are specific to education degrees – Cut Bank Education Association (CBEA) $500 Scholarship; Elma & David Epstein Memorial for Future in Education $1,000 Scholarship; and the newly established CBEFAA Teachers of Tomorrow $1,000 Scholarship. In addition to these amazing scholarship, we are excited to begin offering signing bonuses to newly hired teachers in the Cut Bank School District. We are offering a $2,000 signing bonus to Non-CBHS Alumni and a $4,000 signing bonus to CBHS Alumni upon being selected as the successful candidate for a fulltime teaching position in the Cut Bank School District #15 by the Cut Bank Schools board of trustees.